After conquering the Billboard Hot 100 and inspiring countless memes,Desiigner finally dropped his long-awaited visuals for “Panda.” The long-awaited video premiered exclusively on Tidal. It features Kanye West driving the 18-year-old rapper around.
“Panda” has proved to be a surprisingly huge hit for the G.O.O.D. Music rapper. It was already starting to buzz when Kanye West decided to sample it on The Life of Pablo track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.” From there, it took off, propelled by memes, remixes, and Desiigner’s crazy live performances. It ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, making Desiigner the first New York rapper to do so since Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” back in 2009. Earlier this week, the track was dethroned by Drake’s “One Dance.” Still, it’s an impressive run for any artist, let alone one who was almost completely unknown just a few months ago.
Desiigner has also drawn some criticism for his rap style, which many have said sounds too much like Future and Atlanta’s rap sound in general. Desiigner is from Brooklyn, but has waved off Future/Atlanta comparisons, saying he drew inspiration from everywhere.