YG has released his new, harrowing video for “One Time Comin’,” which gives viewers the frantic perspective of being chased throughout the three-minute clip. The song is the rapper’s first single since he released his sophomore album, Still Brazy, in June.
The video opens in mid-chase where an unseen assailant is running after a man. Filmed from the viewpoint of a body camera, the footsteps resonate as the camera shot shakily moves with each quickening step before a gun is drawn. It’s an affecting approach, which details the theme throughout the MC’s anti-police brutality song.
Woven between the foot chase scenes is footage of YG and a companion in a car being trailed by several squad cars while driving in a desert. Clips switch between police surveillance film, footage from inside YG’s car and an overhead shot from a helicopter with sights tracking the car pursuit.
“Oh shit, oh shit, drivin’ while black on some floss shit,” he spits. “Gotta stay strapped, stay cautious/ Young nigga ain’t tryna see the coffin.” The multiple camera shots heighten a feeling of anxiety and panic that would accompany the situation.
While YG’s chase ends in a powerful act of defiance, as has too often been the case in similar real-life scenarios, not everyone escapes unscathed in the clip.
The video concludes with a heartfelt dedication. “Our condolences go out to all the families who have lost innocent loved ones to police brutality. Rest in Paradise.”