Migos and 2 Chainz take hip-hop’s apocryphal “dead presidents” trope to an outrageous extreme in the new video for “Deadz.”
In the video, the Atlanta trio resurrected George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin by tossing stacks of money into their open caskets. The outrageous “Deadz” clip features pallbearers in diamond-studded masks and 2 Chainz, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff spitting their equally extravagant verses from a balcony overlooking a chamber orchestra performing the song’s sweeping instrumentals.
“Deadz” appears Migos’ new album, Culture, which arrived in January and debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart. The “Deadz” clip follows previously released videos for “T-Shirt,” “Call Casting,” and the trio’s chart-topping single with Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Offset spoke about the day he came up with the song’s “raindrop/drop-top” hook, saying, “I had some little situations going on with life, family stuff going down, so I went downstairs to record. Sometimes that’s the best time to get music off – you might be mad, make some crazy shit.”