Hot off the release of the not-so-hot Culture II
, Atlanta's young sons Migos
have released a music video for their acclaimed single "Stir Fry".
Arguably one of the better songs from Culture II
's 24 tracks, "Stir Fry" translates well into a video, where Migos channel bits of Tarantino into a campy ode to Big Trouble in Little China
and melodramatic b-action movies. The video relies heavily on stereotypical and contrived imagery, but while it teeters ever so closely to falling into the realm of purely idiotic, it's self-aware enough to keep the whole act tongue-in-cheek and lighthearted.
Of course we find our protagonists in the back of an Asian restaurant, playing dominos through a haze of smoke with Pharrell inexplicably hanging around with some shocking red hair.
Between this feature and popping up in Justin Timberlake's videos for Man of the Woods,
that's now two appearances by Pharrell in other people's work, leading me to think that he only produces tracks just so he can get some screen time.
There's tons of neon lights for aesthetic, slow-motion montages of nunchuck waving and astutely, yellow Chinese subtitles translating what the Migos crew is saying in English. It's a small detail, but it really helps hone the feeling that this is all a dollar-bin kung-fu action flick. Of course there's a beef with a rival gang that involves dismembered body parts, and it all culminates in a martial arts showdown that truly ascends to the heavens on a cloud of laughability and cheesiness. Quavo and fellow director Sing J. Lee really studied their source material well, and the overblown sound effects of punches and screams as the fight breaks out are really second-to-none. At the end, just to remind you that Migos don't really take themselves that seriously, there's a bloopers section, where you get to see just how awkward the whole thing must have been for three Atlanta trap stars trying to don traditional Chinese garb and recite cliche movie lines.
I still don't forgive them for how lackluster Culture II
was, but this at least makes up for that a little bit.