“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”
That’s the immortal opening line to Hunter S. Thompson’s hallucinogenic classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but it might as well be a pull quote from the intro to Mike Will Made It, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, and Kendrick Lamar’s new video. Their clip for Ransom 2 highlight “Perfect Pint” just dropped, and to say that it’s a trip would be a gross understatement.
Like Fear and Loathing’s Raoul Duke (a character based on Thompson himself) and his “attorney,” Dr. Gonzo, Mike Will, Swae Lee, and Slim Jxmmi drive a red Chevy drop top through the California desert, pour intoxicants upon themselves, and envision a number of horrible creatures that begin “swooping and screeching and diving around the car.” The only drug explicitly referenced in the lyrics and visuals of “Perfect Pint” is lean, but with hallucinations like these, it’s easy to imagine that these three ATLiens are packing Duke-esque levels of acid, mescaline, and/or ether in their trunk as well.
Along with UFOs, giant women, and alligators, guest vocalists Gucci Mane and Kendrick Lamar are among the characters that swoop down upon our protagonists on this hellish ride. GuWop assumes the forms of a miniature astronaut and a stomping, Godzilla-style monster on the horizon, and Kendrick looks pretty normal, save for the fact that he’s piloting a flying car. Swae and Jxmmi both look pretty tripped out by all of this, staring skyward in awe, but Mike keeps his cool, continuing to drive despite the obvious obstacles.
Nabil, the same guy behind Kendrick’s recent “DNA” video, directed “Perfect Pint”, venturing into a more psychedelic realm than we’ve seen from him before. As was the case with Terry GIlliam’s 1998 film adaptation of Fear and Loathing, this looks like it was a lot of fun to shoot, even if it wasn’t as wild as the visual result. As Gonzo says in the book, “Man, this is the way to travel.”