A good reggae song should not only conjure your waistline to have a mind of its own, but should make you feel like you’re fluent in Caribbean patois, even if you don’t hail from the West Indies. HoodCelebrityy’s “Walking Trophy” does just that. Jamaican-born and New York-raised, Hood has been fusing reggae and hip-hop since her Can’t Believe It’s Just a Girl and Trap vs. Reggae mixtapes. Appearing with longtime friends Cardi B and Konshens on Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2, HoodCelebrityy is remaking herself in the image of not only New York City’s dense population of West Indians, but the Bronx’s rap scene. In her new video for “Walking Trophy,” Hood takes us to a party where everyone knows they’re the shit.
Directed by Mazi O, Hood takes us from the runway to an all-white affair. Cardi B’s sister, Hennessy, makes an appearance at the party, which shows the best of Jamaican dancehall culture as women defy gravity, dancing on their headtops. With bouts of comedic relief riddled in the visual, “Walking Trophy” is a statement not to take yourself too seriously. In the era of Instagram influencers, HoodCelebrityy is paying homage to those who can garner the same amount of attention, without the virality. Over the dancehall beat, she praises women who look good effortlessly, and even does a Fashion Nova name drop that would make Cardi proud. “The ‘Walking Trophy’ video is about empowerment, self-love, and confidence,” says Hood over email. “Men are walking trophies too. In today’s world, beauty comes in different shapes, sizes, colors, and forms.” Watch the video above.
Kristin Corry is a staff writer at Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.