Simon Vozick-Levinson
August 07, 2008 AT 10:26 PM EDT

The thing that most interested me about N.E.R.D.’s “Everybody Nose” video was the weird way MTV chose to censor it. Not a bad clip — just a little boring. Luckily, the video they just dropped for the “Everybody Nose” remix (below) is far superior on every level. Let me count the ways:

  1. Hot guest verses from Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco (which makes this a semi-official CRS reunion!), plus a particularly excellent cameo from the Clipse’s Pusha T. Everybody’s in top form, making this poppy club track double as a serious lyrical clinic.
  2. Pharrell in Geordi La Forge wraparound shades. Dude’s serious about his Star Trek fandom.
  3. Have I mentioned all the retro videogame green-screen effects? I hope some canny designers can figure out a way to rush out a hip-hop-themed Space Invaders-meets-Rock Band game to tie in to this.
  4. Perhaps best of all, that “at you!/achoo!” hook has vanished on the remix, so MTV’s standards boards won’t have to worry about whether suggestive sneezes are acceptable for broadcast.

So, anyone else feeling this video? All the PopWatchers standing in the line for the comments section, pipe up!

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