'Baby Got Class' video: Holderness family homage to going back to school
The Holderness family, best known for a viral video featuring the family jamming in their Christmas jammies, has released a new video in time for back-to-school season, and 'Baby Got Class' is sure to strike a chord with parents.
The Holderness Family has done it again. After their “#XMAS JAMMIES” video Christmas card went viral in December 2013, the family has continued producing many hilarious videos that parents can easily relate to, including “Do you want to have some broccoli?,” a parody of Frozen’s “Do you want to build a snowman?,” and “Snail Mail Song,” a parody of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”
“Baby Got Class,” a parody of Sir Mix A Lot’s classic rap song “Baby Got Back” released Wednesday, is immediately relatable for many moms and dads who are now engaged with the back to school activities.
“I like big buses, and I can’t deny. Some other parents may deny, but when a big yellow one comes around the bend and picks up our children, it gets sprung," is one verse from the video.
The music video is rife with visual jokes about confusing school supply lists, healthy lunches, and too-stuffed minivans, sprinkled throughout with lyrics that perfectly match the parodied song’s beat, syllable by syllable.
With many students either already back in school, or going back to school in the next couple weeks, the long summer days of 24/7 parenting are now in the past or almost over. This video captures the sentiment that many parents welcome the return of the more predictable school-year routine (as well as the quiet of an empty house!)
Penn Holderness, the lead rapper, father of the Holderness familym and a managing partner at Greenroom Communications, a digital marketing company, recently talked about his family's video adventures in an online panel discussion for the New York Times, talking about kids and digital privacy. While some may be hesitant about featuring their kids front and center for a worldwide Internet audience, Mr. Holderness sees the family video productions as a positive way to spend time together as a family, and even teach his kids about video production.
As far as concerns about putting my children "out there" too much, I have much greater concerns about what is available online than posting videos showing my children. In a few clicks you can find out where anyone lives, how much they paid for their homes, their political affiliation and much more. If you chose to participate in the digital world — there is no real privacy.
I’d rather show people my super cute kids than tell them how much my house is worth, wouldn't you?
After scenes of dancing on and around school buses and jamming at home and in the minivan on summer vacation, the family offers a sweet tribute to educators in the song's closing words, rapping, “Dedicated to the amazing teachers who take care of our kids all year and don’t make enough money."
Drop the beat!