Dua Lipa is the new female alpha in the palace in the new music video of â€œDemeanor,â€ a collaboration with the late hip-hop rapper Pop Smoke which premiered Thursday (July 29).
The video begins with Lady Dua at the dressing table, applying makeup as her lady-in-waiting whispers to her. The footage then shows a large castle overlooking a red sunset and pans toward the window of the great hall, displaying a lavish feast. The song enters with Smokeâ€™s vocals as guests donned in extravagant Rococo and Baroque outfits and wigs are having a good, old time. The video pays tribute to the late rapper in a ghostly cloud seated at the head table and in a wall-motion portrait immortalizing him as a Roman emperor.
â€œI’m feelin’ on your baba treesha / Shorty said she like my demeanor / And she look like a eater / Iâ€™m off the Perky geekinâ€™,â€ the Brooklyn rapper sings on the chorus.
Dua harmonizes with Smoke on the lyric â€œMy demeanor is meaner than yoursâ€ and makes a grand entrance to the party in her metallic gold ruffled gown within the second verse. She, her ladies, and her butlers do a fabulous court dance to the camera.
â€œFemale alpha and I practice what I preach, I devour / Tell me, can you take the heat?,â€ she sings. â€œYou can touch with your eyes only / I know you like what you see / That je ne sais quoi energy / Baby, get on your knees.â€
The â€œLevitatingâ€ singer struts across the room as she sings the iconic line â€œYou canâ€™t say Pop without Smokeâ€ and performs several dances with different partners on the floor. Toward the end, she raises her glass with the guests to give a toast. Clap for the encore.
On Instagram, Dua Lipa showed appreciation for Smokeâ€™s family. â€œThank you to the team and Popâ€™s family for having me on this song. Thank you to my friends for making this video with me,â€ she said in her latest post, honoring the rapper who was slain in a home invasion in Los Angeles in February 2020.
â€œDemeanorâ€ is the lead single and 16th track on Pop Smokeâ€™s posthumous second studio album Faith, which was released earlier this month on July 16, four days before what would have been the rapperâ€™s 22nd birthday. The album follows his other posthumous 2020 album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. Faith peaked No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and is still going.