Lil Tunechi Weekend is in full effect. To kick off this Memorial Day holiday, MTV2 and MTV Jams have already delivered video premieres of Lil Wayne’s “Da Da Da” (featuring rockers ¡Mayday!) and “Runnin’,” with Young Money songstress Shanell. Now, the much-anticipated “Knockout” is finally here.
Directed by Jeffrey Panzer and Lil Wayne, the Nicki Minaj-assisted clip premiered premiered Saturday (May 29). The video is similar in look to Wayne’s “Runnin’ ” visuals, likely owing to the fact that both were shot using a green screen. Panzer is a music-video veteran whose nearly three-decade career includes clip credits for the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Erykah Badu, among many others. In “Knockout,” Wayne and Nicki are transported from a pink (and alternately blue) locker room to the center of a ring on fight night. The two are seen playfully flirting, and then Weezy poses a rather bold question to Minaj.
“Hey, Barbie! Are you into black men?” he sings. “Hey, Barbie! I can be your black Ken/ Wow! ‘Cause once you go black, you never go back.”
Nicki spits near the end of the track, and also shows off some little-known singing talents. The video is one of nine Wayne rushed to shoot in anticipation of his yearlong incarceration , which began in March. The Young Money honcho filmed them over Super Bowl weekend. The Queens MC was just honored to have gotten the chance to work with Wayne, she admitted earlier this year during mtvU’s Spring Break.
“He did, like, 1,000 videos before he went in, knowing that he had to go to jail. A lot of us wouldn’t do that. A lot of us would be curled up in a ball like, ‘Oh, my God, my life is about to be over.’ So shout-out to Lil Wayne. We’re honored that he chose each and every one of us, handpicked us. And we love him.”
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