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Sunday, December 4, 2022

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Drake’s new music video influenced by Scarface


Canadian recording artist Drake’s hit single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” presents a clichéd boy-saves-girl story with a “Miami Vice” and “Scarface” vibe and a lot of shotguns.

Set in Miami in 1985, the 7-minute video features appearances from Canadian producing duo Majid Jordan, New York rap artist A$AP Rocky, rapper Fredo Santana and model Ashley Moore. The video also features an appearance by Steven Bauer, best known for playing Manny Ribera, Tony Montana’s (Al Pacino) best friend in the 1983 “Scarface” film.

These icons bring significant value to the video. Majid Jordan is composed of the performing duo Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman. They are signed to OVO Sound, a record label that was co-founded by Drake. A Chicago native, Santana is known for his trap music and facial tattoos.

The video opens with A$AP Rocky offering a toast, congratulating the success of a group of friends and saying how proud he is of everyone and how he wishes he wasn’t so ugly.

This extravagant dinner is rapidly interrupted. Guns are drawn as Drake saves his lady, played by Moore.

The drama begins in the second scene of the video when Moore is kidnapped by Santana and his crew.

Are music videos evolving into short movies these days? Is this a new trend? Rapper Kanye West’s “Runaway” video is a whopping 34 minutes, 33 seconds long.

During an interview with MTV, Drake mentioned how he wanted his record to be something that could be played at weddings in ten years, or something for people who are away from their families in the Army. “Nothing Was the Same” is Drake’s the third studio album.

Does anyone else still see Drake as Jimmy Brooks, the high school basketball star who got shot and was in a wheelchair in Degrassi?

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