At first for this video, I was taking myself way too serious and trying to do some, like, epic sort-of-intimate video … that would have been cool, but the song is too fun for that,” Drake told us on the Brooklyn video set. “So when we were in the studio one night — me, Kanye and Big Sean — we were actually recording a song. And ‘Ye … it oozes out of him, creativity … he was just being creative Kanye, like, spewing out ideas, and the day after, I texted my manager — we have the same manager — and was like, ‘Yo, Kanye’s idea was actually the best out of all of them, see if he’ll do the video.’
“I don’t know if at that point he knew he was gonna be directing the video,” he continued. “It was more an idea like, ‘It’ll be funny if we do this.’ Then it turned into ‘Let’s do this.’ “
The Kanye-directed clip is a decidedly lighter take on things.
The video was filmed Sunday at a high school basketball gym where Drake’s collection of “bests” manifests as the roster of a basketball team.
“Some of us younger men, we refer to our affiliation with women like a roster,” Drake said, explaining the concept. “You have key women in your life when you’re single and doing your thing.”
But Team Drake faces some stiff competition in the clip — the opposing females aren’t so smitten with the rising rap star. Despite the humor in the theme, Drake said the film will be shot to make it have a “Basketball Diaries”-like feel. There’s no “Degrassi” hook to the clip, even though a young Drake played a high school basketball player in the teen series.
Cameos for the video will include Trey Songz, Fabolous and Drake’s Young Money family: Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, Lil Twist and Lil Chuckee. Kanye was on set, of course, as was his love interest, Amber Rose, and Common. Rihanna, recently rumored to be dating Drake, was present in New York the night before, but the “Umbrella” singer wasn’t on the closed set.
Consensus say no bueno… YouTube comments say that Kanye straight robbed Drizzy. I am not feeling this video… either.. the ‘I’m so Fly” aka Philly cream cheese vid is much better in comparison. Lil X vs. Kanye West? Drizzy is new talent, maybe it’s time he got some new talent video directors who are on his wavelength to direct his videos. Disappointed.
Fail, this video is crap Kanye West needs to give Drake is money back or shoot another video. Who is approving shit at Young Money anyway is his head full of rocks? Cool song but this video is not cute at all.
b5luver1793 (1 minute ago) 0 Reply
I mean I love this song and Drake but this video was really bad. I didn’t even watch the entire thing cuz I serisouly didn’t get how the words and this went together. =| Come on now.
suparealer (5 minutes ago) 0 Reply
If you want to be a pervert this video is great. Great shots of titties, some of the best I ever scene but this does nothing for this song at all just pushes more stereotypes back in to hip hop. This is like watching Degrassi??? C’mon. Major Fail. Kanye West always wants to be the center of attention and Drake made a big mistake letting him direct his video and fuck it up like this. I wonder if MTV and BET are going to bang this like the radio is?
kaliyah71107 (5 minutes ago) 0 Reply
Ooohh so I get it…the “team” represents the girls that think they are the best. and all he teaches them to do is “stretch”( have strictly sexual relationship,doesn’t really care about them, his HOES!) And and I think that Kanye was trying to go a different direction with the with it….He was trying to make you think. And it took me a minute to get it. I think it’s a good way to look at it..the video was beyond the lyrics..It’s refreshing to see!
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