By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by James “FLX” Smith
“This one’s special, ’cause everyone was asking for ‘I’m So Hood’ part two, and that’s what we giving everybody,” T-Pain explained on the set of DJ Khaled’s latest video shoot. “So, you know, in due time, we gonna get to everyone’s request, but right now, we just working on ‘I’m So Hood’ part two, ‘Welcome to My Hood.’ It’s part two, and it’s gonna do just as good as ‘I’m So Hood.’ ”
Khaled — along with Lil Wayne, Plies, Rick Ross and T-Pain — traveled to Miami’s Overton neighborhood last week to shoot the ‘hood-centric visual and told MTV News that the clip will reflect the same rugged bombast of the posse cut.
“We going in,” Khaled said, with his trademark energy. “This the movie: ‘Welcome to My Hood,’ biggest record in the country, hurtin’ the streets right now.”
Director Gil Green, who has helmed tons of Khaled visuals, said the video will demonstrate what the Miami DJ is known for: packing his visuals with A-list hip-hop names.
“DJ Khaled, he always brings the all-star team, and that’s what he’s doing today,” he said. Green added that he was on hand to add artistic finesse to the clip. “We shooting a movie-type video — a lot of cinematic camera work and flavor and a lot of ‘hood stuff.”
Recently, Khaled told RapFix that the song delivered an especially gruff side of the “B.M.F.” MC.
“Ricky Rozay, that’s my right hand. He gave me another classic verse — because we always do classics together — but this verse is a little special because you can hear it in the tone of his voice,” Khaled said.
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