Yea, the One He Had No Idea About
Young Thug has been widely regarded as a bit of a space cadet. When he found out he had won one of MTV’s coveted moonman trophies the day after the awards, it was news to him. While there was plenty to talk about after Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, one of the best stories to emerge was the fact that Young Thug won an award for his video “Wyclef Jean” and didn’t realize it until the next day. Makes sense, he wasn’t really all there for the video shoot either…
In case you’re unfamiliar with the video, it was basically a dumpster fire of a video shoot that was brilliantly edited into a final product by Director Ryan Staake and production company Pomp & Clout. The funniest part about the video is the fact that Young Thug had virtually nothing to do with it despite the $100,000 production price tag.
Word finally got back to Thugger a few days later though and he’s finally given his acceptance speech… sort of.
At the start of the video, we see a message from director/editor Ryan Staake that reads. “I don’t have anything close to what I had planned to film – so I’ll just explain how this video fell apart.” By the end of the video, you realize that ‘falling apart’ was an understatement for Ryan and his crew.
For starters, Brian was given a fairly vague rundown of what he wanted in the video. Young Thug only had about three or four ideas in mind (shooting in Malibu, women riding in miniature cars, and smashing up a cop car with baseball bats), which were carried out to the best of his abilities. While most directors would have probably crumbled under the restraints, Staake stayed cool – he knew he could fix just about anything in the editing room, even if Young Thug never even showed up.
Did I mention that? Young Thug skipped showing up to the music video shoot he won a VMA for.
Young Thug’s Reaction
The day after the VMA’s, around lunch time, Young Thug tweeted, “So no one was going to tell me that I won an award??” This sent the internet into a tizzy. The idea that an artist who barely lifted a finger to make a video happen was slightly offended that no one informed him he won is pretty funny on a few levels. As you can see by watching the video, it wasn’t necessarily Thugger’s presence or even his song that made the video as great as it was.
While Young Thug was not in attendance at last night’s VMA’s, director Ryan Staake was and he happily accepted the award that he solely deserves.
YT’s Acceptance Speech… Sort of.
Despite Ryan receiving his award for outstanding editing, a job he and his crew at Pomp & Clout handled masterfully, Young Thug eventually took to Instagram to give his thanks for the moonman with his name on it in true YT fashion…
While the video is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air when it comes to cliché rap videos, I have to admit I’m left a little dumbfounded by Young Thug’s obliviousness to what made the video great. Let us know what you think in the comments below and SHARE this with a friend.