Drake and J. Cole recently released a new video for their collaborative track, “First Person Shooter.” The video directed by Gibson-Hazard showcases the two artists engaging in a friendly competition to determine the GOAT. Packed with Easter eggs related to the song’s theme, the video cleverly incorporates references from various pop culture moments.
The opening scene features actor Brian Baumgartner, best known for his role as Kevin Malone on The Office playing a first-person shooter video game while listening to the single. He receives a call from his CEO inquiring about the productivity of the office. Despite assuring his boss that “everything’s good here” and “everybody’s working hard,” the office is filled with fake employees, as the real staff is gathered in a conference room watching Drizzy and Cole engage in an intense ping-pong match – a playful nod to the iconic ping-pong match between Jim and Creed from The Office.
Later in the video, Drake and J. Cole play chess, recreating the iconic Louis Vuitton 2022 photo of Messi and Ronaldo engaged in a chess match. Additional references include the famous Spider-Man meme, where Drake humorously wears the Spidey mask during a meme-worthy moment.
Given that “First Person Shooter” helped Drake tie Michael Jackson’s Billboard Hot 100 record for the most No. 1 singles among solo males, the video pays homage to the iconic pop singer. Drake recreates scenes from the “Billie Jean” music video and the “HIStory” album trailer.
In a recent interview with Lil Yachty, J. Cole expressed admiration for Drake and discussed the record’s No. 1 debut on the Hot 100. “It went No. 1, but if it went No. 2, I wouldn’t have felt no way. If the other song would’ve went No. 1, it’s like, ‘Bruh, I’m cool.’ I almost feel better having my first No. 1 be off a Drake alley-oop,” Cole said. “I love Drake, and I love that I’m a part of that moment with him, with Michael Jackson.”
“First Person Shooter” soared to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart last month, marking Cole’s first chart-topper and Drake’s 14th, tying him with Jackson for fifth all-time.
The video coincides with the announcement of the duo’s upcoming “It’s All A Blur Tour — Bid As The What” in 2024. The tour commences on January 18 in Denver, Colorado, and concludes in March in Birmingham, Alabama. It encompasses 22 dates in total, spanning cities like Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Nashville, St. Louis, and others.
Watch “First Person Shooter” below.