An extract on #freestyler
The music video was mainly filmed at the Hakaniemi metro station, an underground station on the Helsinki Metro line in Finland and with platforms 21 metres below sea level. The principal home boy featured in the video is Marlo Snellman, a Finnish model and musician who later released his own single entitled "Dust" and today is working as producer for his own projects such as 'Hipsters' and 'Okta'. The actor was fifteen at the time of shooting and got the part through his mother, Finnish modelling magnate Laila Snellman. Marlo Snellman appears briefly in another Bomfunk MC's music video, "B-Boys & Flygirls".
The video begins with Marlo catching a train while listening to Freestyler on his MiniDisc (Sony MZ-R55 Hummm) player. A character sits across him in the train, who is played by Raymond Ebanks (B.O. Dubb), the lead singer of the Bomfunk MC's, and who imbues Marlo with the power to control the flow of time for one or a group of individuals. Realising this ability, Marlo spends the duration of the video pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding dancers and people on his journey until coming across the Bomfunk MC's, upon whom the remote control does not work; the whole video is then sent into a rapid rewind back to the beginning. The music video may be inspired by and seems to use similar themes from the music video of Ferry Corstens 1999 song "Out of the Blue". The music video is a play on themes of empowerment, with the power of the music being transferred to and in the end taken from Marlo by Ebanks. There is a continuity error in the video with the number on the train carriage changing throughout the sequence.
The music video was later parodied by hip hop group Raptori for their song "Hiphopmusiikkia". In 2011, the beginning scene was also remade in the music video of DJ RZY's "Tervetuloo Helsinkiin".
The Urban Freestyler (2006) is an internationally acclaimed football freestyle DVD and TV Series, released in 2006 by Duke Video / BBC Worldwide and produced by Brick Lane Films.
The title is set amongst the inner city streets of London and features performances by freestyle football world champion Abbas Farid, Billy Wingrove, Mike Delaney, Dan Magness, Rob Walters, Faton Gerbeshi, Paul Wood, Joe Davies, Scott Griffiths, Craig Dobson, Al Johnson and basketball freestyler Tommy Baker.
There are also cameo appearances by UK skater Pete King and London Towers player Robert Youngblood.
The Urban Freestyler (2006) has a hip hop/reggae soundtrack featuring the Choong Family, Wordsmith, Genesis Elijah, U Brown and I-Roy.