For this week’s episode of “How It Went Down,” Billboard caught up with Trippie Redd to find out how he created his song “Under Enemy Arms” during a studio session that was meant to be with Young Thug, what his writing process is like, and what inspired some particular moments in the track’s music video.
Trippie Redd tells Billboard that he was in Los Angeles and stopped by Young Thug’s studio session, where the pair were chilling and smoking together. When Young Thug left the room, Trippie Redd began recording what ended up becoming “Under Enemy Arms.”
“I wanted him to get on it,” Trippie Redd explains. “But I ended up taking the song from the studio and…I gave him a different song. I was just high as hell and I heard some cool ass beats. And that was the coolest one I heard. I just liked the trumpets and shit in it, so I chose that beat.”
As for how he developed the song’s concept, the rapper notes that he is “really unorthodox” when he is in the studio and that he was “just randomly feeling that way.” He also reveals that during that session, he wrote not only one but two songs — the other being “Murder,” which he leaked himself.
In the interview, Trippie Redd also opens up about the track’s accompanying visuals, sharing that it was his idea to paint his face red, sit in a tank, and give the video a war theme. “It kinda gives you a war feel, the song,” he says.
He is also asked about the rat with the rainbow-colored fur that pops up at the end of the video, which has been rumored to represent fellow rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, who sports similar hair, but has yet to be confirmed. Posed with the question of what inspired the multicolored rodent, Trippie Redd replies, “Nothing. Rainbows was the inspiration.”
You can check out the full video interview with Trippie Redd above.