An official music video for DJ Khaled’s hit song “Popstar,” featuring Drake has just been released, but there’s a slight twist.
The visual begins with Drake’s phone blowing up with missed Facetime calls from Khaled, showing a compilation of the producer continuously begging the rapper to make a video for their collaboration.
“Yo Drake, I’ve been calling you, I’ve been texting you and you aren’t replying, I’ve actually been face timing you, so I’m sending you this video so you can feel my passion and my pain. We have to shoot the ‘Popstar’ video,” Khaled first states.
After hearing all of Khaled’s requests, Drake seems to have no desire to work on the visual for his collaborative partner, stating he’s already done so much for him and he can’t even leave the country right now.
“Khaled man, this guy is off his rocker, I just, I don’t know what to say, It’s every waking moment that I’m alive, It’s like you give someone everything you have and they’re just like ‘Another one’,” Drake exaggerates. “There’s one thing I can do for sure, but I’d have to call in a favor.”
Finally, the music starts and the camera pans in on what seems to be the morning after a house party. As the video leads to the bed, another famous ‘popstar’ is lying down. The lyrics begin and the one and only Justin Bieber rises as Drake’s replacement through the whole thing.
The home is filled with tons of sexy women in skimpy clothing, as well as drinks and other luxuries these stars are surrounded by daily.
In one line Drake states, “You would probably think my manager is Scooter Braun,” who is Justin Bieber’s manager in real life. The successful executive makes an appearance in the video as well, along with Vine star King Bach.
Justin lip-syncs one line about his famous ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, “Look, Ariana, Selena, my Visa / It can take as many charges as it needs to, my girl.” While I saw some fans mad at him about this on Twitter for some reason, it clearly isn’t a jab at her and is not even his own lyrics either way.
With the lavish lyrics, the house, the scenery, the clothing, everything definitely demonstrates the ‘popstar’ life.
When the song comes to an end, Bieber wakes up in bed with his wife Hailey, telling her about the crazy “dream” he had: “Drake asked me to be in a video, he wasn’t in the video, it was just a bunch of people.”
As the couple goes to walk their dog, Bieber hears his 8-bit ‘Baby’ ringtone and gets a call from none other than Drake, leading to a look of confusion.
The video ends with funny bloopers of the video, setting a nice comedic resolution in the playful film-like story. The musicians demonstrated their acting skills, ranging from seriousness to humor.
While the tune is one that you may easily get sick of, it is a good upbeat and fun hit nonetheless. The visual just added to its all-around substance, making for an amazing artist team-up.
I would give this release 4 out of 5 Swoops.