By Matthew Dessem Migos just released the music video for “Walk It Talk It,” a track they made with Drake for their album Culture II, and it’s a charming and unexpected salute to Soul Train.
Previous examples include Nirvana’s landmark appearance on Almost the Ed Sullivan Show, Outkast’s landmark appearance on Almost the Ed Sullivan Show but in Great Britain, and Weezer’s landmark appearance on Happy Days, Yes, Really Happy Days, Our Record Company Licensed the Footage Plus Hired Spike Jonze to Direct so Suck It, Nirvana.) But of those three, only the Weezer video really went to the trouble of trying to feel like an episode of Happy Days, and they had actual footage from Happy Days.
Migos didn’t license Soul Train—they’re technically appearing on a show called Culture Ride—but the detail work here is really exceptional: both the set and the show’s logo appear to be based on the 1975–1976 season in particular.
Express: Jamie Foxx plays the show’s host, “Ron Delirious,” versus the original show’s creator, producer, and host Don Cornelius.
Here’s part of one of the real ones: It’s always worth saluting when a music video is made with this kind of attention to detail, and if that didn’t get it, it can’t be gotten.