Mick Jenkins — the Chicago artist recently named by Red Bull Music as one of the 25 Best Rappers Under 25 has shared the video for his new track, “P’s & Q’s.” Watch as Jenkins calming walks through a crowd of people going wild, he’s unfazed and fixated on his destination. Director Nathan Smith explicates the concept:
For the “P’s & Q’s” video, we wanted to shoot something with a constant flow of motion to complement Mick’s unending verse. I created the idea of Mick walking through a scene of complete chaos, yet being unaffected by everything. To create that effect, I had Mick walk backwards from left to right through the entire scene as people pelted him with various items. That way, once we reversed the footage, Mick would look like the only person moving forward and everything would lift off of his body, leaving the chaos behind. Everything in the shot — the fire, water, even the train — was in-camera. We did no VFX whatsoever, and the actual shot only took 15 seconds to film at 240 frames per second, or 10 times slower than real-time. At the end of the video, the water bottle that floats into Mick’s hand symbolizes that his words and lyrics hold the truth amongst all the other nonsense people are exposed to.
“P’s & Q’s,” which was produced by Kaytranada, will appear on Jenkins’ upcoming project, “Wave[s],” the follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Water[s]” EP. Watch the clip below.