The inspiration behind Joyner Lucas‘ new single and music video goes to Mac Miller. “Seventeen” takes a page from the late Pittsburgh rapper’s hit song, “Donald Trump.” At the 1:40-mark of Joyner Lucas’ new music video, he wears a t-shirt with Mac Miller’s face with pride too.
“The first time I ever heard Mac Miller was the ‘Donald Trump’ record,” Joyner said. “Soon as I heard the sample and what he did to it, I immediately became a fan. That beat was one of my favorite samples ever. Me being able to use that sample and flip it my own way and pay homage to Mac Miller at the same time is dope.
Joyner Lucas continued: “I wish he was around to hear it. Reflecting back to when I was seventeen, it’s crazy to see that I’m making my childhood dreams come true. I’m just trying to inspire others through my music the same way Mac did.”
Like Mac Miller did in the 2011 visual, Joyner Lucas dons a white tee over a solid background. The two-time Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist also includes scenes where several people ultimately come together for a good time. Mac Miller’s music video for “Donald Trump” had a party-like set, whereas the visual for “Seventeen” is more centered on an overall dance-off.
Both songs also encourage others to keep persevering while stressing the result of one’s hard work. The two rapper’s even reflect on the steps that led to their successful careers.
“Seventeen” is one of the few songs that have debuted from Joyner’s highly-anticipated new album, Not Now I’m Busy. So far, he’s dropped “Broski,” “Cut U Off (feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again),” “What’s That?,” and “Devil’s Work Part 2,” to name a few.