‘Pizza Shop’ and More
IDK teamed up with Adult Swim to create an accompanying video for each track on IWASVERYBAD. IDK wanted to bring to life the parts of his experiences that are different from what other rappers sing about.
Although his family was middle-class, IDK went to one of the worst high schools in his hometown in Maryland. He ended up switching schools three times within the first three years of high school. IDK hung out with the wrong crowd due to peer pressure and media influences, despite his parents’ cautious remarks. He was caught between what his family was like versus what the kids at school were like. On one hand, he had doctors and lawyers as family and role models. On the other hand, he was going to school with kids who were roaming the streets looking for stuff to steal and people to rob, leading to the pizza shop heist.
“Pizza Shop” is the most recently released music video on IWASVERYBAD. The track features Yung Gleesh, Doom, and Del the Funky Homosapien. It’s one of IDK’s songs about his life before he went to jail. He raps about his idols as a teen who are all in prison now. Furthermore, the story-telling visuals do more than just represent IDK’s life as a teen. It contains more layers up for interpretation. One example is the scene of the group of friends driving around with guns, hot-boxing the car. Right afterwards, the camera zooms in on the street sign that says Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Similarly, the video ends with a cliffhanger. The audience doesn’t know what will happen next. They’re left with the image of IDK holding the gun to the cashiers head as the police lights flash outside.
IDK Presents Questions that Need to be Asked
In many of his songs, IDK calls himself “the bad apple” or “the black sheep.” He’s recognizing who he was in his past and he’s changing his ways for his future. In the end, the lyrics in “Maryland Ass Ni**a” are looking on the bright side. He sings, “I’m trying to right my wrongs, but I’m sorry that I’m saying wrongs helped me write this song.” Overall, IDK decided to make a difference in the world through his music, but it all started with his past.