Rag’n’Bone man walks to his favorite bar for a private party. Written in cursive across the screen, he dedicates the video to his friends and family.
Inside the bar, his cousin hugs him. One of his friends waits for him by the stage. A baby boy cries. A fortysomething listens to a question someone is asking him. He says hello to his nephew. His uncle and then a musician friend look into the camera. A young woman with tattoos across her chest smiles.
A young woman wearing glasses hugs him. A father kisses his son’s head. A couple stares into the camera. A little girl holds her balloon while her mom carries her. He flips some chicken on the barbecue. A young man wearing a Crooks hat smiles.
The DJ plays music. A young woman with a nose ring looks into the camera. A little girl with glasses smiles. He whispers into one of his female friend’s ears and she laughs. Carrying his niece, he shows her the graffiti wall. He writes on it and poses with the children.
He performs for a friend at the party. His friend nods his head. He kisses a young woman. A friend of his raps. Confetti falls over the party. At about midnight, he and a couple of friends leave.
Rag’n’Bone’s family and friends watched him struggle as he worked a day job and then wrote at night. They helped him when he had to call off after landing a gig. If he thought something didn’t sound right in his music, he let his friends hear it, asking them for their feedback. They went to all of his shows and cheered him on even though they might’ve been the only people there.
He owes a lot to his family and friends. To celebrate his success, he rented out his favorite bar and invited everyone to come. It was the first time in months he had seen some of his family. He introduced his family to his musician friends. On stage, he let them perform and thanked them for their support.
For most of the video, people seem to be forced to attend. No one smiles and they each give the camera a solemn look. It’s as though they think Rag’n’Bone Man is rubbing his success in their faces.
Director: N/A Year: 2017