Words: Dylan Murphy
In quintessentially Khakikid fashion, the Dublin rapper channels his inner stepdad as he looks out for his 38 year old man-son in the brand new visuals.
Coming off the back of a rich vein of form, Khakikid has shared his debut EP Elevator Music. The six track EP has been slowly cooking over the last 12 months, with each subsequent single and video providing a clearer picture of his increasingly surreal world.
Videos for ‘Shlumped Up’ and ‘Cozy’ saw Khaki ride around with his demons on a horse and sleep in the bath, respectively. Since then, he’s released ‘Sports & Tattoos’ and ‘Woodstock’ and today he completes the rollout with a video for ‘Babybrown’ which sees Abdu aka Khaki enlist Wes-Anderson style visuals for an equally absurd outing.
Speaking on the video Khakikid says it, “came from me imagining what a father son relationship would look like. My point of reference came from movies I’d watched growing up. I told Finn and Iarla, my longtime mates who write with me, the idea. From there came a huge amount of ridiculous ideas. With our reference points coming from movies, we thought it was only fair to pay homage to ‘Bad Boy 2’ but with me acting as an overprotective step father to a 38 year old man.”
The song itself was written shortly after the death of Mac Miller and Khaki tells us he took huge inspiration from the rapper.
“Mac was someone who I really looked up to and took a lot of inspiration from, particularly in this song. One of my favorite aspects of Mac’s music was his ability to highlight the bittersweet things in life. I wanted to take a look at my life and do the same.”
The release of the EP comes ahead of two performances at Electric Picnic this weekend at 18.30 on Friday and 19.30 on Sunday.
Watch the video for ‘Babybrown’ below:
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