Back in November, the stoner-rap production mastermind Madlib and the virtuosic Indiana tough-guy rapper Freddie Gibbs teamed up for a single called “Thuggin’,” which proved that they two had way better collaborative chemistry than you might expect. They’ve also got an album together coming out, but in the brand-new “Thuggin’” video, Gibbs seems bent on reminding the world that he is nobody’s idea of a backpacker, no matter which producer he might be working with. In director Jonah Schwartz’s video, Gibbs plays the kind of guy who robs and murders drug dealers, pimps women, sells crack, and buys gigantic artillery from equally shady dudes. And, as we only find out in the video’s closing seconds, he also raps. It’s a harrowing but beautifully filmed video, and you can watch it below.
Gibbs and Madlib’s Thuggin’ EP is out now on Madlib’s Madlib Invazion label.