Desiigner Made a Video For “Panda” And No One’s Happy For the Obvious Reason
Desiigner’s “Panda,” better known as a song that’s very catchy the tenth time you hear it, now has a music video. It was released on Tidal and you can watch Desiigner steal a car and end up in the “white BMW X6″ referenced in the song’s lyrics. As per an interview with Complex in February, Desiigner explained precisely what a panda and a luxury sports vehicle have in common.
Explain where the whole “Panda” theme comes from.
The panda is the black X6 and the white X6. The black X6 look like a Phantom, the white X6 look like a panda. I’m just putting it in a greater way of how I say and the way I live.
Got it. Just one problem: There are no pandas. Is this dude kidding?
Knowing what I knew, there was no need to watch the video. I did it anyway, for journalism. In lieu of a cute endangered species frolicking around to rap music, or even a man in a panda suit rapping, here’s what we have:
- Desiigner dancing in the street
- Desiigner being chased by a cop car
- Kanye West
- Dark street shots of NYC
- Desiigner spitting out his car window
- Police brutality
- More guns
- One(!) shot of someone in panda makeup
Once again, here’s what it does not have:
- Any actual pandas.
Look, I understand that it’s hard to get an endangered species to star in your music video. But is it any harder than a cameo from Kanye West?
Desiigner obviously missed an opportunity here, and Twitter is certainly letting him know. Fans responded to the release with a blaring call for more — nay, any — pandas.
They’re giving the video the low rating it deserves.
They’re feeling disappointed in Desiigner and his decisions.
Some fans don’t want to blame Desiigner. Maybe it’s the pandas who simply couldn’t be accessed.
Others are just throwing the whole damn video in the trash.
At least there’s a solution for those who want to spend time with our favorite furry friends.
This, for the record, is what the video should have looked like.
Desiigner is only 19 years old, and as Rolling Stone reports, “Panda” is somehow the first New York rap song to reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 charts since “Empire State of Mind.” Kanye West sampled it on The Life of Pablo’s “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 2.” He’s signed to West’s label, G.O.O.D. music. The kid has a promising young career ahead of him — as long as he doesn’t keep messing up big time like this.