#ThrowbackThursday: Last Night, Cardi B and Bruno Mars Gave Us Our Entire Lives—in Living Color

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It feels so good to be us. For those old enough to remember (*cough* me), In Living Color was the sketch-comedy hallmark of our adolescence—in fact, its run spanned my entire high school career. The (elder) Wayans-brothers vehicle was a revolutionary counterpoint to Saturday Night Live, remixing comedy for the hip-hop generation—replacing the blues of the live band with DJ SW1 (little brother Shawn Wayans) and a dancing fleet of “Fly Girls,” famously choreographed by Rosie Perez.


The show notably helped launch the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson—and a Bronx, N.Y., fly girl from the block named Jennifer Lopez—and though it lasted a brief four seasons, it left an indelible impression on its fans.


Clearly, one of those fans is pop/R&B showman Bruno Mars, who re-created the set for the video of his latest release, “Finesse.” The song features its own Bronx fly girl, reality star-turned-rap star Cardi B—and I think we can finally stop debating her skills, because her flow is exactly what this new jack swing-inspired track needed to take us back to a happier time and place.

The video doesn’t disappoint, treating us to just the dose of neon-tinged nostalgia we need in an increasingly crazy world—and it got us so hype, we predict the return of some seriously ’90s hip-hop style for spring and summer 2018.

Because we out here drippin’ in finesse.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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1. That’s the most I’ve ever seen Cardi B covered up
2. Bruno Mars has fully embraced his 21st Century Fresh Prince persona
3. New Jack Swing can make damn near any song POP
4. It was nice of the Black Museum to let Bruno have use of the In Living Color set (I’m just assuming that the set would be there, if not, it should be.)

5. Cardi and Bruno make for a totes adorbs couple. Cute little peoples!