Wiz Khalifa has already carved his way into hip-hop's collective consciousness, but he still continues to pile on the memories.
On Tuesday, the Taylor Gang captain dropped a video for his the Weeknd duet "Remember You,"the latest single from Wiz's December 4 LP O.N.I.F.C. The Ryan Hope-directed, anecdotal clip doesn't feature the Weeknd at all, and instead of focusing on performance shots, it weaves a trippy narrative that toes the line between seductive and downright scary.
The visual tale begins in a diner, where an innocent-yet-curious waitress locks eyes with vamped-out temptress with blood-red lips, long dark hair and an even darker gaze. "She's about to earn some bragging rights/ I'm about to give it up like I've been holding back all night," the Weeknd sings as the two lovers move from the diner to a dark alley to exchange heavy kisses and an erotic embrace.
From there they find themselves at a sexy, but freakish house party where women gyrate to the music and one (dressed in black leather) literally bends over backward at the sight of the waitress heroine. Our leading lady is clearly turned on by the forbidden lifestyle as her head lays on a swivel surviving the party and her gothic surroundings.
The video beats on for a shade more than two minutes before we even get our first glimpse of Wiz, who exhibits his star power, rapping while getting fitted for clothes. That's right: The Taylor has a tailor, who measures his tall and lanky frame, almost unaware of the heat that Khalifa is spitting. "N---as after fame, I just have to laugh/ N---as after fame, I'm just after cash," he rhymes of his lifestyle with a slow and calculated flow.
It's definitely not your average rap video, and a far cry from Wiz's last shot, the performance-heavy "It's Nothin'."The focus here is clearly the cautionary tale of living life too fast. By the end of the clip, things begin to spiral out of control as the waitress stumbles around the party, gripping the walls trying to find a balance before she finds a spot on a bed to cry. As the mascara runs down her face the Weeknd sings, "All I ask of you is try to earn my memory/ Make me remember you, like you remember me."
Yup, pretty unforgettable.
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