Is it possible to already give out next year's VMA for Video of The Year to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' for "Downtown"? Because it is ah-mazing.
"The Griffey thing was Jason Koenig's idea, who was our co-director on the music video, and he's a huge Mariner fan from the same era that I was a huge Mariner fan where Griffey was a rookie," Macklemore told us. "I met Griffey not that long ago, and he was super cool, and I was like, 'I feel like I've known you forever, Griffey,' and he's like, 'I'm just really nice and I've known you for 25 seconds.'"
Griffey clearly did like Macklemore because he showed up to the shoot and recreated his pose from his 1989 rookie card, and, since he was having so much fun, he shot one more cameo for the video.
"We got him for the rookie card, and then he has a cameo at the end because he was like I want to ride a moped," Mackelmore said. "[He's like] I've got a velour outfit, I'm trying to be on a moped, he was the homie."
The "Downtown" duo, who performed the song with Eric Nally, Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel and Kool Moe Dee at the 2015 VMAs, said that this epic throwback shoot in Spokane, Washington, took a lot of preparation, which is understandable considering the extremely ambitious concept.
"We probably had three weeks of lead time and shot it in 10 days. We do it ourselves," said Mackelmore, who directed the video with Ryan and Koenig. "We have a close team that we work with. It was one of those [times] that we had a crazy idea in our heads, and we are like, 'Can we actually execute this in real life?' And we did."
And with so many memorable moments throughout this video, it was hard to pick a favorite, but Macklemore, who did all his own stunts in the clip, had to go with the finale parade scene.
"We were losing light, so we had to hustle to get those shots," Macklemore said. "Having a ton of people, when we yelled 'cut' and we'd redo it and you'd hear the motors from the motorcycles and the mopeds, it was just that magic."