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Watch Wiz Khalifa’s Seizure-Inducing New ‘Raw’ Video

Pittsburgh rapper pays tribute to all things raw, from weed to sushi, in the chaotic clip

Wiz Khalifa‘s latest video kicks off with a warning that it may trigger seizures, and rightfully so: The black-and-white clip for “Raw” is a chaotic montage of fist-pumping partiers, pretty girls and plumes of smoke befitting the track’s blistering, relentless beat.

“Raw” was ostensibly inspired by the natural rolling paper company RAW, whose logo flashes a few times throughout the video — the perfect touch for those who enjoy not-so-subliminal messages mixed into their strobe light-laden visuals. (The rapper has his own line of papers with the company.) The clip is otherwise stuffed with all sorts of ridiculous references to smoking weed — including a shout out to his own “Khalifa Kush” strain — as well as to the rawest things in life, from sushi to the infamous opening lines of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.”

The song “Raw” initially appeared on Khalifa’s 2014 record, Blacc Hollywood. After a rocky few months over the summer — his wife Amber Rose filed for divorce, he was arrested for marijuana possession and a 38-year-old man was shot backstage at one of his concerts in California — the rapper celebrated his first Number One album when the LP was released in August.

Wiz Khalifa embarked on a short tour this fall, which kicked off in Santa Ana, California, and included a special set packed with hits outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

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