Why doesn’t every Las Vegas strip joint have its own music video? The question arises after watching “At the Sapphire,” in honor of the World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club. Local hip-hop duo HardNox (comprised of Vanilla Icemen Danny Boy and Jimbo) taps into the inherent comedy of spittin’ rhymes about a venue where—as the video makes abundantly clear—lovely ladies jiggle their sexy bottoms. (The distinctively R-rated video can be seen on YouTube.) Shot entirely on the Sapphire premises (including its pool and dayclub), every moment makes me laugh. My favorite part? When a bikini-clad P.Y.T. presses a water pistol against Jimbo’s temple poolside. Cristal-hammered, he announces: About this time/We’re going “H*A*M.”/What the hell’s that mean?/I don’t know, damn/Ask Jay-Z, man. (“H*A*M” is a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West.) Meanwhile, director Brett Feinstein checks off the necessary visual ingredients. Dollar bills rain everywhere, even underwater. Champagne flows ceaselessly. A hot chick licks whipped cream from a glass. But a self-effacing humor keeps things fresh—as when HardNox lip-synchs at the bottom of the pool, mouths bubbling, like adult versions of the baby from Nirvana’s album cover. Eat your laugh-starved heart out, Jay-Z. ★★★✩✩
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.