In the clip, the rapper confronts everything from clickbait and critics to hypocrisy and haters as he levitates above a grimy couch, swings from the ceiling and hangs in a decrepit locker room wearing a black, Joker-esque smile.
“I read your article, it kinda hurt me/ I don’t know who hired you or what your friends say in your circle/ But the fact that you released it tells me two things are for certain:/ They get paid for trashin’ people, I get paid ’cause I stay workin’/ Dropped The Search and they emerge up outta nowhere to the surface/ Just to peek behind the curtain throwin’ salt at all my burdens,” NF rhymes breathlessly, before kicking the song into an even higher gear with his trademark rapid-fire delivery.
While the visuals are in line with the rapper’s previous video for “The Search” — all the way down to the bouquet of black balloons in both clips — “Paid My Dues” follows his 2019 album as a one-off single. The Search debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, beating out Chance The Rapper’s debut studio album, The Big Day, and spawning singles “Why,” “When I Grow Up,” “Time” and the abovementioned title track.
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