Bruno Mars Shows His ‘Darker’ Self On ‘The Other Side’ Video

Collaboration with Cee-Lo and B.o.B is Mars' first single off debut EP.

On Wednesday, Bruno Mars premiered his latest video, “The Other Side,” showing the Hawaiian-born artist rehearsing, participating in a photo shoot and aimlessly wandering around Los Angeles. According to Mars, the moody visuals match the spirit of the song.

“The truth of the matter is, I’m complicated/ You’re as straight as they come,” he sings on the fast-paced number. “You go about your day, baby/ While I hide from the sun/ It’s better if you don’t understand/ ‘Cause you won’t know what it’s like till you try.”

” ‘The Other Side,’ which is the darker side of Bruno Mars, it’s me, Cee-Lo and B.o.B, we all got on the track and it’s one of my favorite records on the CD,” he told MTV News. “Just because it’s so unique, and I think the story behind the song, when you listen to the lyrics, it says, ‘It’s better if you don’t understand.’ And to me, it was so powerful that we actually named the EP that.”

It’s Better If You Don’t Understand, Mars’ debut, features just four songs.

After his success behind the scenes as a producer, Mars broke out this year as a featured artist on B.o.B’s #1 hit “Nothin’ on You” and on Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire.”

Now, Mars is concentrating on his solo work. In May, he told MTV News that being in the spotlight wasn’t necessarily a part of his plans, but when he was given the chance, he was more than prepared.

“The journey wasn’t short at all — it was trial and error and trial and error,” Mars said. “It was just back and forth, man. But once ‘Nothin’ on You’ blew up, I had these songs in my back pocket, and the label thought it’d be a good time to give people a little taste of what they’re gonna get with the album. The EP came together real nice; you’re gonna get a nice effect of what’s in store.”

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