On Aug. 28 A$AP Rocky released his first single and visual to “Babu$hka Boi,” since his release from jail in Sweden.
In the single, “Babu$hka Boi,” Rocky focuses on wearing a Babushka scarf to cover the scar on his face. The scarfs are a Russian tradition that can be usually found on grandmothers, but now making a fashion statement.
According to an interview from GQ, the Harlem rapper explained that last September, he fell off a Razor scooter after he did a pop-up wheelie, slashed his face and had to get plastic surgery for it.
He also references a 1983 classic movie, Scarface, which is about a powerful drug lord, Tony Montana, who is known for being one of the greatest of all time and also had the iconic scare on his face.
Flacko raps, “I would like to dedicate/ To the scar on my face/ All the stars of the globe/ The world is yours, Scarface”
Rocky’s video for “Babu$hka Boi” has a movie-like theme. It begins with the rapper and his gang, which is A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, Schoolboy Q, and Kamil Abbas, wearing striped, grey jail suits being chased by pigs that are dressed up in police uniforms. It then goes into the back story of how the men are wanted for being involved in a bank robbery. The video takes place in what looks like a fiction setting of a small, foreign city and the characters are very much cartoon-like, dressed in gangster attire. By the end of the video, the gang is wearing surgical gowns with squirted blood on it, laughing while holding up scissors and then pork links shown as a hint of what happened to the pigs.
Many viewers believed that it could have referred to his experience in Sweden where he was charged for assault. According to Billboard, A$AP Rocky’s representatives claimed that there is no reference and the video was shot before the Sweden case and was expected to be released the beginning of summer.