Usher’s home, and he’s ready to get busy. But will you be waiting for him in the bedroom? That’s the question posed by “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” a song about several things, most of which seem to be coital.
“Daddy” is the proper first single from his upcoming Raymond v. Raymond album, which, by all accounts, is a very personal thing — last year, producer Bryan Michael Cox told MTV News that Ush made the record because he’s “in a place where he really wants to express what’s going on in his life” — and chief among those things is an impending divorce from wife Tameka Foster-Raymond. And if the so-called “buzz” single, “Papers,” was a document of their crumbling relationship , well, then “Daddy” provides some of the reasons behind that crumble.
Because while the song — and accompanying video, which premiered Thursday (January 28) on MTV.com — is about temptation, love and lust, it’s also about distance and the effect it has on all those things. Here is Usher, somewhere far away, with his lady (who I assume is his wife) waiting patiently, eagerly, at home. All Ush wants to do is make it back to her, to do all those things that husbands and wives tend to do. The only problem is he can’t.
The reasons why are never explained, though in the video we do see Usher being pulled in many different directions — the boardroom, the studio, the club — at the same time. There is a moment where he takes a phone call on the roof of a building and while we’re never clear if it’s about business or pleasure, you can kind of see why it’d be about both. Such is the life he’s chosen, and now he must deal with the repercussions.
And, of course, with distance comes the threat of infidelity. On the road, there is temptation around every turn, and Ush is subjected to his fair share, mostly from some over-friendly dancers (though in one sequence he is also sipping — and spitting — champagne in a place that looks very much like a strip club). And for that matter, we’re not even sure that the woman he’s singing about is his wife — it’s entirely possible that, unbeknownst to her, he’s got someone special stashed in a nearby suite.
At song’s end, we’re not sure if Usher even makes it home — in the video, the object of his affection (model Noemie Lenoir) waits and waits, then, finally fed up, just leaves. Infer from that what you will. One thing’s for certain: Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but there are limits to everything. Usher may want to be no place but home, but there’s a big, wide world out there with pitfalls aplenty. He’s a superstar, a businessman, a father and an (ex-) husband, but at the end of the day, Ush is also human, and “Hey Daddy” is proof of that.