But after missing out on the video shoot for his “Wyclef Jean” single from the album, he’s further proving that the show must go on — even without its main act.
Hitting up video director Ryan Staake for the visual treatment, Thugger shared his ideas of which direction he wanted it to go. From every detail, including no foreign whips to the child policemen with water guns, there was only one pressing issue: Staake never actually heard the ideas in person. At the beginning of the video, Thugger can be heard in a recording where he rolls out his creative vision. Staake, who reveals that the audio of Thugger’s ideas was sent to him via the recording, was the co-director of the project. And though he wasn’t able to work directly with Thugger, he brilliantly and hilariously uses the rap star’s audio to narrate and guide every scene that unfolds in the video.
Matching the recording to nearly every shot in the video, Staake informs through captions that Thugger never showed up for any of the scenes that he expressed he wanted to be a part of, namely a scene with “bad b*****s” driving around in kiddie Power Wheel trucks — and Staake gave Thugger just that. The Atlanta rapper did, however, send over footage that he shot himself from two months prior.
“I wish it was my idea for him to eat Cheetos,” Staake added in one of the captions. “But that was all him.”
Continuing to explain how the video “fell apart,” he then elaborated that some of the video’s impromptu footage, like actual policemen showing up to watch the women and children destroy a police car with rubber bats, were some of the best unplanned moments.
“The label rep told us that Young Thug was minutes away and demanded that we immediately prepare for him,” another caption reads. He mentioned that several mishaps and last-minute changes also forced the video’s creation, such as “impressionable children” being exposed to certain scenes and lawyers requesting the removal of explicit references. In another comical twist, Staake says that toward the end of the five-minute video, when Thugger finally did show, he refused to get out of the car for an odd reason: his Instagram was hacked and he didn’t find out until he (conveniently) arrived at the shoot.
A couple threats by cops to shut the shoot down, a drive-off ditch from Thugger and $100,000 later, you can check out what became of the Young Thug-less “Wyclef Jean” video below:
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