I didn't know the world needed a missing link between the Grand Theft Auto video game series and seminal yet controversial first-person music videos like Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up," but here we are. Billboard reports:
Biting Elbows, an indie-punk four-piece from Moscow, has earned a staggering amount of YouTube clicks over the past four days thanks to the release of its action-packed, tremendously bloody music video for the single "Bad Motherf---er." The clip, subtitled "Insane Office Escape 2," serves as a sequel to their 2011 video for the song "Stampede," and has garnered 7.3 million YouTube views since its release on Tuesday (Mar. 18). Did you love Prodigy's "Smack My B---h Up" video 15 years ago? Strap in for this viral sensation.
Directed by the group's frontman Ilya Naishuller, the "Bad Motherf---er" video is a revenge fantasy shot in first-person point of view, with a suited vigilante methodically massacring his kidnappers from the "Stampede" clip. Pool balls are used as weapons, a suitcase ends a man's life, and moving cars explode upon impact -- all while the group's slicing new single soundtracks the action.
Shooting for the video for "Bad Motherf---er," is the latest single from Biting Elbows' 2012 self-titled debut album, wrapped in October, as the group had promised fans even more action than their equally manic "Stampede" video. That clip, similarly shot in first-person, has earned 3.2 million YouTube views since September 2011.
Since the release of "Bad Motherf---er" on Tuesday, various celebrities have shouted out the video on Twitter. "This is some Buck Wild S--t!" Samuel L. Jackson wrote of the video on Friday, while Flying Lotus and director Darren Aronofsky have both linked to the official clip.