Here’s what Billboard saw on the set the video shoot
Moneybagg Yo isn’t fazed by Miami’s notorious rainy season. It's mid-May, and the CMG hitmaker arrives at the set his upcoming “Nothin' to Somethin'” video — premiering at exclusively Billboard below — in a North Miami Beach mansion dressed in a camo jacket with orange cuffs, a matching bandana, and a handful gold chains around his neck. He posted up by the pool alongside collaborator Wallway Pack, who wore a safety-orange camo t-shirt, as well as a couple models with cups full liquor in hand.
There's a thunderstorm brewing f in the distance, but Moneybagg is still riding the high from the previous night, where he performed at the Rolling Loud festival and briefly got drenched when he hopped f the stage to get some face time with his loyal fans in the front front. By the time he brought Yo Gotti out on stage and closed his set, he was dripping wet.
“It was a good experience just to see all my fans in one place and how big the fan base really is,” says Moneybagg (real name: Demario DeWayne White, Jr.), undeterred by the weather. “You don't really see it until times like that. I salute everybody in the crowd because it was raining, and it was raining hard! They were still turning up, so I had to let them know I'm no different than them. I jumped in the crowd and turned up with them to make them feel the vibe.”
Pack, meanwhile, has turned the video shoot into a familiar affair by having his uncle, Washington Wizards player John Wall, stop by. The two grew up together — they even lived together for a few years under the same ro in Raleigh, N.C., until Wall's sister, who is Pack's mom, moved into her own home — and Wall says Pack had a passion for music even as a kid. “When he was like 10 or 11, you could tell he loved music as much as I loved playing ball,” Wall says. “I just love the progression… It’s like he found his flow, started being more confident in himself, and really grinded on his own to get to this spot. That’s what I respect the most. He wanted to get out the mud just like I did, with no handouts!”
The collaboration between Pack and Moneybagg happened organically. Moneybagg was at the Washington D.C. club Bliss when a DJ played one Pack’s records during his set. It wasn’t long before the two hit the studio: “It was just a feature at first,” Moneybagg says, but it soon turned into a mutual admiration society: “When he started coming around, I took a liking to him. We shot a one-minute clip and then I posted on my page for the love. I let him know I rock with him and I respect hustle and what he's trying to do.“
“Nothin To Somethin’” is the first single f Moneybagg Yo’s upcoming EP, which set to drop later this year. The Memphis native has been hitting the studio with Yo Gotti and Belly as well as producers Ben Billions and 808 Mafia’s Southside. “I promise you it's going to be a movie,” Moneybagg says. “It's going to be nothing but heat. I'm going to bless the world this time.”