Lil Wayne’s new video for “John,” the second single from his June 21 LP, The Carter IV, is packed with scary, chaotic imagery: Weezy raps from the top of a mountain of used car tires, in an spooky abandoned warehouse, as smoke and bats circle above, while Rick Ross — who’s entirely able-bodied — rides in a wheelchair with tricked-out wheels spinners. Huh.
The video’s morbid aesthetic ties into the song’s theme about dying young — its title makes reference to one star whose demise came too soon: “Remembered like John Lennon,” Weezy spits . “If I die today / It’d be a holiday.”
And there’s much, much more zaniness in the clip, directed by Colin Tilley (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber): The warehouse starts collapsing, with ceilings caving in, as Ross and Weezy — and some ladies clad in studded-bras dance in cages while brandishing knives — swagger serenely. Rats run around on the ground in many scenes. And in an industrial vat of water, outside the warehouse, a shark’s dorsal fin is seen circling.
Through it all, Wayne sports a headband that reads, “Chaos.” Yep. That sums it up.
Lil Wayne just wrapped his first post-prison tour. Read our review of its opening date here, and click here to see exclusive photos of Wayne with special guests Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker, Yelawolf, and Rick Ross.
Lil Wayne & Rick Ross, “John”