Ray J might not have taken the classiest approach when it came to casting a Kim Kardashian look-alike in the music video for his unsubtle new single “I Hit It First,” but he’s far from the first musician to passive aggressively take a jab at an ex in that format. Here’s a look back at some of the other artists who used the same technique to reference those they once had feelings for.
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Many speculated about who Taylor Swift was singing about in her single “I Knew You Were Trouble” music video, but she made it pretty clear that it was John Mayer when an actor who looks just like him, Reeve Carney, was cast for her love interest in the video. Fun fact: Carney’s brother Zane Carney plays guitar with Mayer.
Joe Jonas, “Just In Love”
Maybe Swift got the idea for including a look-alike in one of her music videos from the fact that Joe Jonas gave her the same treatment in his video for “Just In Love.”
Chris Brown, “Fine China”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Brown wasn’t the only one using look-alikes to tell a more personal story in his music videos. A man who looks so much like Brown he even has the bleached hair was cast in the video for Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” Keep in mind this video came out before Rihanna and Brown got back together recently.
Justin Timberlake, “Cry Me A River”