Thundercat has returned with a hilarious video for “Dragonball Durag,” the inaugural single from his upcoming album It Is What It Is.
Directed by Zack Fox, the visual begins with the bass impresario stepping out of his house wearing some red Chinese print short shorts, leopard print Vans, a Chinese style shirt and several gold and diamond chains.
While walking around sunny Los Angeles, he discovers a discarded, magical durag, picks it up and puts it on. From there, he attempts to woo several women — but it’s not working.
HAIM, Kali Uchis and comedian Quinta Brunson also appear in “Dragonball Durag,” providing additional comedic elements to the video.
It Is What It Is serves as the follow-up to 2017’s Drunk and boasts contributions from The Internet’s Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and more. The project is expected to arrive on April 3.
Watch the “Dragonball Durag” video up top.
[This article has been updated. The following was published on February 17, 2020.]
It follows the project’s inaugural single “Black Qualls” featuring The Internet’s Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington.
“I have a Dragon Ball tattoo … it runs everything,” Thundercat said in a press release. “There is a saying that Dragon Ball is life. There are two types of people in the world, the guy with the durag and the guy who doesn’t know what a durag is.
“The durag is a superpower, to turn your swag on … it does something, it changes you. If you have one in the wardrobe, think about wearing it tonight, and it may pop off because you never know what’s going to happen.”
The Los Angeles-bred bass prodigy further talked about the song during an interview with Zane Lowe on Monday morning (February 17).
“It’s imperative,” he said. “I guess the best way to describe it is either you got one or you don’t. If David Beckham met the Prince in a durag, we’re not playing no games. You gotta have a durag in your wardrobe.”
It Is What It Is serves as Thundercat’s follow-up to 2017’s Drunk and is expected to arrive via Brainfeeder on April 3.
Check out the songs below.