This summer, Dej Loaf recruited fellow Detroit rap star Big Sean for “Back Up,” a tingly jam that somehow sounds better every time I hear it. And today, the track gets a video that fits it just perfectly. Dej Loaf and director Alex Nazari filmed the clip at Detroit’s Royal Skate Land, a roller rink that was one of Dej Loaf’s favorite places as a kid. In the video, she and her friends take it over, and we get to see some of the busy, astounding dances that are part of Detroit’s culture. In a lot of ways, I think this is what a rap video should be: An energetic, charismatic image of a place that rarely gets to celebrate itself onscreen. It would’ve been cooler if Big Sean had showed up for the video shoot, though, rather than just sending in his remotely-taped verse. What, your schedule was too busy, Big Sean? Watch it below.
Dej Loaf’s And See That’s The Thing EP is out now on Columbia.