Iggy Azalea And Rita Ora Channel ‘Kill Bill’ In ‘Black Widow’ Video

Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and British singer-songwriter Rita Ora joined forces to pay homage to ’70s kung-fu flicks. The video for Iggy’s new single ”Black Widow” is inspired by the Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” including portraying both music stars in striped, form-fitting jumpsuits reminiscent of The Bride’s iconic outfits. The music video even featured Michael Madsen, an actor who’s appeared frequently in Tarantino’s films.

Iggy has become a remixer in her own way, taking her top hit songs and combing them with classic movies. “Black Widow” is Azalea’s latest video to be influenced by a beloved film. The rapper previously channeled Beverly Hills socialite Cher Horowitz in the music video for her song “Fancy” from the film “Clueless.”

This video is a prime example of things are used everyday and there isn’t a single thing that is really original. Everything is a copy of a copy.Kill Bill‘s plot was inspired by Lady Snowblood, a 1973 Japanese film in which a woman kills off the gang who murdered her family. Kill Bill pays tribute to film genres including the spaghetti western, blaxploitation, Chinese wuxia, Japanese yakuza films, Japanese samurai cinema, and kung fu movies of the 1960s and 1970s. In part 2 of Everything is a remix , the video states that 74/100 movies are remakes or sequels to other movies, television shows, books and comic books. “Transforming the old into the new is Hollywood’s greatest talent”


8 thoughts on “Iggy Azalea And Rita Ora Channel ‘Kill Bill’ In ‘Black Widow’ Video

  1. This post was enjoyable for me to read because I love Iggy Azalea’s new song, Black Widow. I think it is really awesome that Iggy Azalea re-creates movies and incorporates them in to her music videos. This concept definitely makes her music videos more enjoyable, especially for people who are fans of the movies. Personally, I am a big fan of the movie Clueless. For this, I was extremely excited when she reenacted scenes from Clueless in her video for her song, Fancy. I hope Iggy Azalea decides to continue reenacting movies for her future music videos.


  2. This was a great example to use to display the use of prior ideas. Although Iggy is intentionally copying previous popular films, it gives the notion that one. it’s hard to truly be “original” in today’s world, and two. that what has already been used is popular, so let’s expand on it! I had no idea that Kill Bill was almost a remix in itself of a previous movie, and found that good to know. That just enhanced your point that much more. It’s sad to think that “originality” is dead, but in a way it is, and in another way originality has to mean being creative off of what we already know and have seen.


  3. I am a fan of Iggy Azalea and how she can recreate old movies and put a new spin on them. It is very inspiring when someone in the public eye can put a new spin on an old flame. If you have followed Iggy Azalea’s trend you know that this is not her first remix. She has also recreated “Clueless” for her song ‘Fancy’. What many may not know is that Clueless was recreated into a television series based off of the popular movie. I think its interesting that although something may have been recreated many times it still manages to be somewhat original.


  4. Going to back a discussion from class…nothing is original. But how do we break free this? I think the reason behind all of the remakes is because of popularity. Everything today seems to be about making money. If it was successful once, why can’t it be successful again? Also people know what they like. That is why videos, books, and songs are categorized or set as different genres. All genres have a set of specifications they need to follow and these qualities are what people like to see, hear, or read.


  5. This was interesting to read for me because when I originally watched Iggy’s music video for “Black Widow”, I thought it was amazing. After reading this post, I now see that it was based off of “Kill Bill”, a movie I’ve never seen. Since we were young, we’ve been told to “be original” or “be different.” Apparently, “original” is non-existent anymore. It’s not necessarily anyone’s fault either. People see something they like, and it sparks an idea into their head. Then, they morph their own style into it, yet still it’s still based off whatever it was they saw.


  6. I really enjoyed this post because it brought music in to what we’ve been studying for weeks now. I’d never seen the music video before so this gave me the chance to see it. However, just as we talked about in class, the music video means nothing for those of us who have not seen “Kill Bill.” As you brought up, everything is a copy of a copy anymore in Hollywood, and I completely understand where you’re coming from. However, we also talked about what exactly creativity is or has become due to online publications of video and writing. Clearly, Iggy’s creativity or originality is incorporating movies in to her music videos. Maybe it’s something she likes or finds beneficial to draw from, but it’s her “thing” for her video designs. I’m glad you used this as your post though, it has already gotten a huge draw to it.


  7. I never really considered her videos a remix until you pointed this out. It’s interesting to see the topics we are discussing in class going on around us. I agree with the other commenters that it’s cool that she recreates movies for her music videos. It’s different and each song relates to the movies main theme in a way. Even if you don’t like Iggy Azaela, you gotta admit she’s creative.


  8. This was really interesting for me to read because I actually hate the song Black Widow, I have only heard it on the radio and while I’ll admit it had a catchy sound, the words are kind of scary and psychotic. My boyfriend always jams out to it and I literally have to make him turn it off. But, after seeing the video and knowing that it was based of Kill Bill I have a better understanding of what was being portrayed. If I struggle this much to write a semi original paper or come up with an idea that a professor hasn’t heard yet I can only imagine how difficult it is to come up with a song or a music video that hasn’t been beaten to death. Everything has been done, so now we have to find ways to recycle old ideas and movies and songs and interpret them in our own way. I don’t really think that this is copying as much as just using. Imagine having to create a music video that millions were going to watch, every person had different experiences so all of them relate differently or would interpret it differently. There can be thousands of remixes that may use one original idea but are going to intertexutlaize it and spin it to create something entirely new.


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