Although, a hip-hop enthusiast watching BET may see a whole lot of money being thrown around in the music videos, many hip-hop music videos now-a-days tend to look like some short films. Some of these short films may also be based on or look-a-likes of past major films that hit the mainstream media. In the upcoming single from Rick Ross' new album, "Super High", the director F. Gary Gray portrays this music video to look like a flashback of the film "Easy Rider".
"It's basically Ross and his gang riding around doing what they do," guest star Ne-Yo said of the clip. "This is my first time working with F. Gary Gray. So far, so good. He's a movie director, so everything is gonna have that cinematic edge to it. It's gonna look like a mini-movie as opposed to just a music video."
The 1969 film "Easy Rider" is about two motorcycle riders on their way to Mardi Gras, and encounter hitchhikers, a drunken lawyer, a jail cell, a whorehouse and the death of a friend. The partners and friends Wyatt and Billy buy drugs in Mexico and deal in Los Angeles, raising money to travel to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans in their bikes. They cross their country disclosing a period of counterculture and intolerance through spectacular landscapes.
Sounds like the life of Rick Ross and another accomplice, perhaps well-known rap megastar phenom DJ Khaled. Or in the case of the new single and video, "Super High", his partner in crime could be R&B sensation Ne-Yo.
The amazing scenery in this video is not only apart of the natural landscapes, but as well as the fine female hip-hop model known as Stacie Dash. Stacie Dash serves as the beautiful girl in this video who Rick Ross snags from some dude and takes her on a ride of her life. Doing things big just as the big boss Rick Ross himself does.
"The concept actually came from me and Diddy - we was running around New York City one night, went back to his penthouse and that's where the actual term 'super high' comes from," Ross offered. "It's 5 o'clock in the morning. I'm just burning, I'm thinking. Diddy turned on 'Purple Rain,' Prince. A few homies were in there - D Roc, me and him reminiscing, talking about Biggie. After the conversation I just stopped watching the movie and walked to the huge window. And I was reflecting like, 'Wow.' It had me reflecting on how far I came as a artist and as a person".
Rick Ross definitely deserves the name of the Teflon Don. Coming from the slums of Dade County, Miami, he has shown his rapping abilities that helped him climb his way to the top of the hip-hop industry.
"Teflon Don", the album, is slated to drop on June 29 and Diddy, Kanye West and Jay-Z have all contributed to the project. It should be another classic from the Boss.