Watch Drake Imitate Oprah, Bieber, Miley in Insane ‘Energy’ Video
Apple Music DJ Drake phoned into Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show Friday afternoon to debut the absurd music video for “Energy,” a highlight off the rapper’s retail mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The video is packed with dozens of pop culture references, and Drake’s face is magically implanted on a handful of celebrities. (Suddenly the ridiculous casting call for the video makes sense.)
Early on, Drake possesses Oprah Winfrey during the talk show host’s couch-jumping interview with Tom Cruise. At video’s end, the rapper is playing both Al Cowlings and O.J. Simpson during the infamous Bronco chase down Interstate 405. Along the way, Drake also spoofs Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s “Bound 2” video, President Barack Obama, Floyd Mayweather, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, LeBron James, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.
The video is bookended by scenes starring a young Drake lookalike facing his “lotta enemies” in a field. “Energy” was directed by the duo of Fleur & Manu, who previously helmed clips for M83, Gesaffelstein, Skrillex, Tricky and others.
Drake was among the first artists to sign with Apple Music to serve as guest DJ, and on Lowe’s program Friday, the rapper announced that his debut show, dubbed OVOXO Radio, will take place Saturday, July 11th at 6 p.m. EST, Pitchfork reports. During the Lowe interview, Drake also revealed that he’s working on new material with Skepta and Toronto duo Majid Jordan, who previously paired with the rapper on Nothing Was the Same‘s smash “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
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