Gangstas need love, too. And that’s exactly what Schoolboy Q is after in his latest video.
Shot entirely in black and white, the Jerome D.-directed “Studio” opens with Q on FaceTime with his girl. “When are you coming home? It’s already 3 a.m.,” she asks. “I gotta finish this verse,” the TDE rapper says, before making a plea: “Show me something.”
The face on the other end does just that, as she holds the camera up at just the right angle to reveal much more than her face. And thus, the tone of the visuals ‒ which later feature some NSFW clips ‒ are set.
Even though Q is a famous rapper, the premise of the song and video is one to which anyone can relate: You’d like to be with that someone that you love (or that someone you’re sleeping with), but work’s got you tied up. The resulting visuals to the BJ the Chicago Kid-assisted song have a raunchiness to match lyrics.
“This little verse’ll get you naked,” Q raps at one point, in a line that finds a literal interpretation shortly after. As the evening progresses, the Los Angeles native is stuck in the lab, working on music and lighting up that good, while his girl ‒ girls, actually ‒ try to pass the time.
The track is one of the most mellow on Q’s generally energetic Interscope debut, Oxymoron, which hit stores in February. Prior to “Studio,” he has dropped videos for “Collard Greens,” “Man of the Year,” “Break the Bank” and “What They Want.”