Offset grapples with the past in the dramatic video for his new song, “Red Room.” The track is set to appear on Offset’s forthcoming solo debut, out February 22nd via Quality Control, Motown and Capitol.
“Red Room” boasts a minimalist beat from Metro Boomin, who anchors a atmospheric blend of synths with crisp trap drums. Offset deftly moves between a croon and Migos’ patented triplet flow, peeling off lines about growing up, run-ins with the law, losing friends and his near-fatal car crash. “Abomination on your paper, I got acres,” Offset spits, “Black man when you walking and you labeled/Beat the odds they don’t wanna see you greater/Eat you alive like a lion or a gator.”
The Aisultan-directed video for “Red Room” mirrors the song’s thematic elements as the camera slowly spins through various scenes from Offset’s life. The clip’s most jarring moment finds Offset recreating his May 2018 crash, while the closing shot captures a group of men dressed like Black Panthers calmly marching towards a group of police.
Offset’s “Red Room” officially arrives after it briefly appeared on streaming services last fall. While the rapper’s upcoming album marks his first as a solo artist, he teamed with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin for the collaborative album Without Warning in 2017. Migos released their last album, Culture II, in 2018, while the group’s other MCs, Quavo and Takeoff, also released solo projects last year.