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Watch DJ Durel and Migos’ Spike Lee-inspired visual for ‘Hot Summer’

DJ Durel and Migos dropped a hot video to accompany their end-of-Summer single, ‘Hot Summer’, released in the final week of July.


DJ Durel and Migos dropped a hot video to accompany their end-of-Summer single, ‘Hot Summer’, released in the final week of July. The video’s theme pays tribute to the 1989 Spike Lee film, Do The Right Thing, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York, during a heat wave. With perfect timing, the video was released September 4, at the tail end of a real-life scorching-hot heat wave in the northeast.

The video was directed by Gabriel Hart AKA Video God. It depicts a 90’s-themed summertime block party complete with old-school cars, a dunking booth, roller blades, a gigantic boombox, DJ Durel rocking a leather fanny pack and the Migos members dressed in the 90’s style. Quavo is outfitted in a bright purple tank and matching shorts, Takeoff dons a Malcolm X tee and Offset rocks a Public Enemy jacket with fringed shorts cuffed just above the knee. There are a myriad of beautiful women in 90’s style jumpsuits, crop tops and biker shorts, surrounding the rappers while everyone on the block jams out to the single.

DJ Durel opens the track with a nod to Black excellence and the disclaimer “the take over is now” just before Quavo hops into the song’s contagious hook, followed by verses from the ‘Workin Me’ rapper, Takeoff and Offset, in that order. Throughout the video we notice unmistakable accents of the Spike Lee film like the iconic Do the Right Thing font and chalk artwork on the streets and sidewalks.

‘Hot Summer’ is a catchy and energetic hit to end Summer 2018. It’s a bop you’ll find yourself singing along to before you can catch yourself. The video is a tribute to what many consider one of the best Spike Lee joints and a perfect fit for the music’s sentiment.

The single and video serve as a teaser to the Migos’ Aubrey & the Three Amigos Tour with Drake, according to what Quavo told Billboard about “top secret music coming” in an interview published a couple of days ahead of the single’s release.

“I think dropping a Migos record right before tour will give us something fresh and new to perform would be dope. It’s produced by DJ Durel and it’s crazy,” Quavo told Billboard in an interview about the group’s appearance on the EA Sports Madden 2019 soundtrack.

The Migos have two songs on the star-studded soundtrack, including another track where they team up with DJ Durel called, ‘They Can’t Win’.

Migos fans haven’t really been starved, however. All of the Atlanta-based group’s members have consistently been featured on music since the January 2018 release of their most recent album, Culture II. And in the meantime, Quavo has dropped three tracks —  ‘Workin Me’, ‘Bubblegum’ and ‘Lamb Talk’– as precursors to a coming solo project.

Written by Manny King John

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