West Side Story-Inspired Indie Rock Music Video -Rap Where Will the People

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This West Side Story-inspired indie rock music video is a must-see! It’s a beautifully-shot, emotionally-charged rap song about the struggles of the working class.


West Side Story is an iconic musical with a timeless story. It’s no surprise, then, that the recent music video for “Rap Where Will the People” by the band Sunday Republican is heavily inspired by West Side Story. The video tells the story of two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, and their rivalry comes to a head when they both fall in love with the same girl, Maria.

The video features some amazing choreography and sets, and it’s clear that a lot of time and effort went into making it. It’s a must-watch for any fan of West Side Story or Sunday Republican.

The Music Video

The Plot

The plot of the “West Side Story” music video centers on a young musician named Tony (played by newcomer Marcus Choi) who is struggling to find his place in the world. After a chance encounter with a group of street dancers, Tony is inspired to start his own dance crew. However, when he attempts to recruit members for his crew, he is met with resistance from the other dancers who see him as an outsider. Undaunted, Tony perseveres and eventually wins over the other dancers with his passion and talent. The video culminates with a spectacular dance battle between Tony’s crew and their rivals, culminating in a victory for Tony and his friends.

The Characters

The main characters in the video are two young men, Tony (played by Daniel Pemberton) and Steve/Sunny (played by Dominic Cooper). They are shown to be friends, but there is an underlying tension between them throughout the video. Tony is shown to be the more confident and successful of the two, while Steve is shown to be more down-on-his-luck. The video features several other supporting characters, including a group of gang members who are shown to be rivals of Tony and Steve.

The video opens with a shot of Steve walking down a street alone. He looks tired and downtrodden, as if he’s seen better days. We see a group of gang members in the background, and it’s clear that they’re up to no good. Steve pays them no mind as he walks past them and into a bar.

Once inside, we see Tony sitting at a table with a group of friends. He greets Steve warmly, but there is an undercurrent of tension between the two men. It’s clear that they’re not on equal footing anymore. As the video progresses, we see Tony getting more and more successful while Steve seems to be stuck in a rut.

The climax of the video comes when the gang members from earlier confront Tony and Steve in the bar. A fight breaks out, and Tony ultimately comes out on top. He triumphantly walks away from the scene as Steve is left behind nursing his injuries.

The video ends with Tony walking down the street alone, just like we saw at the beginning. But this time he looks confident and successful, while Steve is nowhere to be seen. It’s clear that Tony has left his old friend behind as he’s moved on to bigger and better things.

The Setting

The video opens in a black and white world of what looks like an abandoned city. We see a group of people who look like they are preparing for something. They are all wearing all black, and they have what looks like weapons and supplies. We also see a girl who is apparently their leader. She is standing on a rooftop, looking out over the city.

The Music

The Genre

The Music is an English rock band, formed in Kippax, Leeds in 1999. The band’s line-up consists of Robert Harvey (vocals, guitar), Phil Jordan (drums), Stuart Coleman (bass) and Warren Huart (lead guitar). The Music’s sound has been described as a mixture of “rock and roll, electronica and hip hop.”

The group released their debut album, To the 5 Boroughs, in 2004. Their second album, Welcome to the North, was released in 2006. It peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The band’s third album, A Hundred Miles Off, was released in 2008. It peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart and was certified silver by the BPI.

The Music has released seven singles: “Take the Long Road and Walk It”, ” Bleed from Within”, “Breakin'”, “Getaway”, “Strength in Numbers”, “Freedom Fighters” and “The People”.

The Lyrics

In the urban streets
There’s a feeling of heat
Beneath the concrete and machines
Lives a heartbeat

People busting they backs just to make ends
Teens looking for something to believe in
And all we got is each other
When everything is crumbling around us
We gotta rap, we gotta sing
Where will the people go when the lights go out?
Where will the people go when the curtain falls?

We’ll be running, we’ll be running
Running towards something better
Our dreams and hopes alive in us
We’ll be running, we’ll be running
To a new day, to a new life
With our music leading the way

The Melody

The melody of “Where Will the People Go” is inspired by the classic love theme from “West Side Story.” The song is written in a minor key and has a driving, intensity that reflects the energy and passion of the characters in the film. The melody is carried by a distorted electric guitar and is punctuated by sharp horns and a heavy bassline.


After watching the “West Side Story-Inspired Indie Rock Music Video -Rap Where Will the People” I was very impressed. The video was very creative and well done. It was interesting to see an indie rock music video inspired by West Side Story. The video was also well edited and the song was catchy. I would definitely recommend this video to others.

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