T.I. has unveiled the cameo-filled video for his Dr. Dre-produced new single “Dope.” The track, which borrows heavily from a sample of Aaliyah’s 2001 single “Rock the Boat,” is the latest cut off Tip’s upcoming 10th album Dime Trap.
The video takes place in Los Angeles in the year 2020, a near future that director Jesse Terrero imagines looks like a Leviticus scene from Empire. “Dope” is packed with T.I.’s posse handshaking on the dancefloor: Big Sean, Travis Scott, Nelly, Killer Mike, Marsha Ambrosius and Andre 3000 (blink and you’ll miss him as a club DJ) all make brief appearances in the video.
“Dope” is exclusively available on Tidal, which recently inked T.I. as its latest artist-owner, for four days. The rapper has not yet cemented the release date for Dime Trap, but when it arrives, it’s expected to be a Tidal exclusive.
“Dre’s the homie, to be honest with you,” T.I. told Rolling Stone of working with the legendary producer. “I’ve never seen somebody so meticulous about music before. The only thing that I can say was a similar experience was when me and Eminem did those songs together. The way [Eminem] is about a verse, that’s how Dre is about production. It’s a very tedious, meticulous, nerve-wracking process. But the outcome is immeasurable. You just can’t describe the difference in the magnitude of production that goes from what we’re used to doing and what he’s used to doing.”