ATL-bred up-and-comer Playboi Carti has been making waves throughout the hip-hop scene with his explosive hit, “Magnolia.” The song has caught so much heat that even Lil Wayne released a freestyle over the banger. Now, the young rapper has unveiled the track’s video with loads of cameos and trippy visual effects.
The video starts off looking like a pretty traditional hip-hop video: big groups of people surrounding the rapper, women with minimal clothing, and lots of swagger. But Carti took the video in a more surreal direction. Kaleidoscope visuals weave in and out, making it look as if he is suspended in a Salvador Dali painting. But it’s not all artsy. Carti chills in a barber shop with A$AP Rocky before the two hop in a fast car and smoke — they wind up in a dark night club. In addition to Rocky, A Boogie and Nav both make cameos. Throughout the video, there are violent interactions between Carti and his foes. He fires shots and ends up getting arrested.
A$AP Rocky has taken a particular interest in helping Playboi Carti rise up as a rapper and a promising fashion icon like Rocky himself. Seeing the two together in this new video could be a hint at new collaborations to come. And while “Magnolia” is a huge home run for Carti — it’s not his only song making waves. “Woke Up Like This” featuring Lil Uzi Vert has over 18 million views on YouTube, making it safe to say this young artist is onto something big.
Carti was recently one of ten artists featured in XXL’s Freshman Class, alongside other rising rappers like XXXtentacion. His freestyle has generated some mixed feedback, but regardless of his raw skills as an emcee, he’s quickly moving his way up to be a force in rap’s mainstream pop-sphere.