Finally, our complaint about there being no actual pandas in a video of Desiigner’s “Panda” has been remedied. Production team 88 Rising created a new visual that kicks off with a 30-second video of real giant pandas in their natural habitat chomping down on some bamboo and going down slides in the adorable way only real pandas can.
The video only gets more lit from there as Desiigner takes over to deliver an insane performance of his No. 1 hit song against a blacklit background in a room filled with girls as Mandarin subtitles fly across the bottom of the video. There are also informational flash cars defining lean (“purple happy sleepy beverage”) and hammers (“you offend me you go bye bye”) for the casual Desiigner fan who may not know exactly what he’s rapping about.
Of course, the original video for Desiigner’s breakout track is still pretty dope with Kanye West driving the 19-year-old G.O.O.D. Music rapper around NYC. Since the video’s release, the track has fallen from the No. 1 spot thanks to Drake’s “One Dance,” but there is no denying Desiigner’s meteoric rise. His two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 made him the first New York rapper to do so since Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” back in 2009. No small feat for an artist who was barely known less than a year ago. Watch the video of “Panda” featuring actual pandas that we all have been waiting for above. You can also revisit our conversation with Desiigner about the success of “Panda” here.