Back in 2013, FIDLAR soaked its debut self-titled album in angst, self-doubt, self-loathing, self-medication, and otherwise outright denial of reality. The album’s relentless high-strung pace barely left room for a breath, and made lines like “there’s nothing wrong with living like this / all my friends are pieces of shit” somehow inspiring rather than depressing.
None of which is missing from FIDLAR’s latest music video for its new single, “40oz On Repeat.”
The video parodies 15 other music videos, ranging from Missy Elliott’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” to Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” all listed on a cardboard jukebox in the opening. And the song picks up right where FIDLAR left off. All those hard-hitting themes you’d expect from a FIDLAR song make their appearance: Being awkward (“I tried to ask you about a thousand times/ in my head you just always say no”). Being broke (“everybody’s got more money, got more money than me / why can’t anybody just give me, some more / money?”). Being trapped somewhere between acknowledging adulthood and resisting adulthood (“I got bills to pay / I got pills to take”). And that caustically self-deprecating sense of self-awareness (“I’m that kind of special person who drinks too much because nobody understands me”).
Angsty lyrics aside, you won’t be able to watch Billie Joe play “Good Riddance” in his bedroom or Britney Spears strut down her high school hallway in “Hit Me Baby One More Time” much in the same way after FIDLAR’s Zac Carper does it better.