Normani the Former Fifth Harmony star takes us back in time in the music video for her new song “Motivation,” which dropped on Friday.
She start off with a teenage Normani watching BET’s “106 & Park” in her grandma’s New Orleans home, Where she was daydreaming about being a music star quickly becomes reality, as the singer dances her way through the neighborhood as she promises to “be your motivation to stay and get it tonight.”
The throwback video features nods to a number of music videos from Normani’s formative years: her intro in low-slung jeans and a white crop top is reminiscent of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” and there are shades of “I’m Real” and “Baby One More Time” in her slick moves on the basketball court. There are also nods to Aaliyah, and Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” as Normani writhes around in the rain wearing nothing but diamanté chains.
Take a look at the video below.