In June, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib released their second collaborative album together, the excellent Bandana, which was filled to the brim with cocaine-slinging cuts and crate-digging production. Monday, the duo shared the cinematic music video for “Giannis,” the standout track featuring Anderson .Paak.
The video, directed by M. Corey Whitted & Nick Walker, gives a backstory and conclusion to the drug-dealing character Gibbs played in the previously released video for “Crime Pays.” After a deal gone south in 2014, Gibbs gets out of the city game and moves to a farm. When he comes back to the city, things … don’t go too well.
“Giannis” lets Gibbs rap from a jet-ski, roast the Cheesecake Factory and crack wise with other dealers while also showcasing the ascendant rapper’s dramatic chops. The middle section of the video is a breezy and fun watch for a sludgy and brooding Bollywood-sampling banger, juxtaposed with Gibbs’ dark lyricism and the video’s narrative.
Watch the video and revisit Gibbs’ 2010 Daytrotter Session below, then go ahead and read our full review of Bandana here.