The music video I want to talk about is Selfish by PnB Rock. (it’s a little explicit) Most people in recent years, in their music videos, tend to not express the lyrics of the song. However, although graphic, I feel like PnB Rock has really incorporated his identity throughout.
The song is about a guy who seems to not be ready to commit to the girl he likes. However, he still wants to claim her and wants her to stay loyal to him. He cannot stand seeing her talking to other guys or being with other people and he wants to be selfish with her. He loves her but does not want to give a label to what they have. He gets jealous but still knows he’s down for her like no one else can be.
The music video starts off with PnB sitting on the sidewalk with his boys and the girl he has his eyes on walks past them. He gets up to go talk to her and grabs her by the arm indicating that he has some sort of affection for her. Later in the video, we find out that the girl he has feelings for is actually a stripper. However, throughout this all, PnB is creating his identity by showing he is, in a way a player. He visits strip clubs with his boys often but since the moment he saw this girl, he only goes for her. He doesn’t like when other guys touch her or doesn’t like when she dances for other men.
This video is relatable to a lot of younger audiences today because a lot of the situation in the video is very common. Many times people want to be with someone but find it difficult to admit to their feelings or show they care for someone. People tend to want to stay in the so called “talking” stage. The artistic choice made in the video by PnB helps audiences indirectly relate to the song. In the video, PnB is shown to be attending private shows with a stripper but if when the lyrics are put into play, the audiences view it to be a love song. This song, according to the lyrics, hits a lot of modern day couples who find it hard to commit because of either their past or because they are just scared of giving themselves to someone.