Vancouver-born artist EKKSTACY returns with his new single “Problems”, featuring Trippie Redd. The song is a confident opening to EKKSTACY’s next chapter, one rife with personal growth and a renewed focus on his artistry.
The song’s visual juxtaposes EKKSTACY’s melancholy within stereotypical scenes of hip hop bacchanalia: EKKSTACY and Trippie Redd perform together inside a mansion, flanked by dancers after jumping out of a Lamborghini but Stacy appears aloof and removed, lost within it all and desensitized to the glitz and glamor of an industry that puts mental health in the backseat. It’s a witty and thoughtful visual, one that highlights a void within the heart of wealth, excess, and fame.
Speaking on the video, director Gilbert Trejo says, “For this video Stacy and I wanted to play with the idea of success and happiness, how one doesn’t always come with the other. What we want vs what we get, what’s expected of us vs who we are, etc. Once we knew what we wanted, it was fun as hell to come up with the sunny, happy, playful imagery for a song that would fit on a playlist with Between the Bars or No Name #1.”