The recently released track “Fotan Laiki” by Hong Kong-based otaku rapper YoungQueenz enlists the help of FOTAN LAIKI, the subject of the song herself. Widely shared upon its release, the highly unorthodox music video makes use of a raw, DIY approach that defies aesthetic expectations for typical music videos. When asked about how this collaboration came about, YoungQueenz tells us, “We performed at Clockfenflap Festival last year, and Laiki asked me if I could hook it up with free tickets because Clockfenflap is pretty damn expensive – she ended up performing on stage.”
近日，YoungQueenz携手FOTAN LAIKI推出全新MV《火炭丽琪》。这支一反常规制作的MV一上线就被疯狂转发，如果你已经对细腻唯美的MV感到厌倦，那你应该会被这支魔性的视频吸引到。关于这次和FOTAN LAIKI的合作，YoungQueenz这样告诉我们：“我在去年的Clockenflap音乐节有演出，没钱的丽琪问我有没有免费门票，Clockenflap的门票真的很贵，最后结果她在台上演出了。”
The music video was directed and edited by YoungQueenz but done under the alias of Ozma. From start to finish, the creation process actually took a few months to complete. “We originally wanted to finish everything in a month, but we wanted more people in the video,” he says. “The people we wanted all had work or school so it was hard to set up a time when everyone was free. That’s why it took so long.” Besides Wildstyle Records’ official photographer and videographer Swing, other members of the Wildstyle crew took turns recording footage with a handheld DV camcorder; The unique look of the video can be partially credited to the deliberate use of dated equipment. From Mong Kok to Central, the music video shows YoungQueenz and his otaku squad mob through a trippy, surreal version of Hong Kong, which YoungQueenz created in post production by replacing skies and the urban backdrop of the city with galaxies, psychedelic color, and even scenes from Japanese anime.
这支MV的导演及后期剪辑是OZMA （其实也就是YoungQueenz本人）。拍摄及制作时间前后历经几个月。“MV原定在一个星期内完成，但由于需要大量人肉布景，在香港这个大家要上班上课，时间难约的社会，前后用了几个月才完成拍摄。”除了与Wildstyle Records的御用摄影师Swing的合作之外，这支MV的大量素材是大家轮流用DV机拍摄的，旧式DV机的画面质感也成就了这支MV的独特风格。影片中，YoungQueenz带着朋友们游走在旺角中环等地，并以他丰富的想象力将香港密集楼宇间的天空背景转换成幻彩天空、银河以及他迷恋的日本动漫，营造出迷幻游荡的氛围，这可花费了他大量的时间在影片的后期制作上。
YoungQueenz shared with us these additional fun facts on the making of the “Fotan Laiki” music video:
1. Some people might think that the security at Art Basel was one of the biggest challenges in making the video. Not the case. Even though they kept trying to stop us, we still kept doing our thing. The hard part was that only two of our friends had Art Basel VIP tickets, so the eight of us had to reuse the tickets to get everyone inside. It felt like one of those river crossing puzzles and we wasted a lot of time.
2. In the music video, there was only one frame that I knew I had to keep because it’s worth 500 HKD. It was when Noly was trying to act hip-hop and count money, but one of the bills flew away when we finished shooting. There are consequences when you try to pretend to be hip-hop.
3. There’s a story about someone putting down a pineapple in a museum. The pineapple drew huge crowds that mistook it for a work of art, commenting and taking pictures with it. When we started shooting the video in Art Basel, a lot of people got rowdy with us, thinking that it was an art performance. But when security showed up, their view quickly went from “I’m interacting with an art performance” to “This is a stupid prank.”
1. 大家一定以为在Art Basel的保安是我们最大的阻滞，其实没有，虽然他们一边挡下我们，我们还是一边继续走着唱。反而由于我们只有两张从朋友借的Art Basel VIP 门票， 我们一行八个人要流轮人带人走入会场，过程很像智力过河游戏，而且很浪费时间。
2. Mv在剪接时有唯一一个镜头我是一定要有的，因为那一镜价值500港元。 那是一个noly 在装嘻哈数钱的镜头 ，拍完后有一张500元不翼而飞。装嘻哈是有报应的。
3. 听过有人在艺术馆放下菠萝，引来大批群众误认展品而驻足评论及拍照的新闻吗？我们开始拍摄时，Art Basel里面的人会跟着我们一起嗨起来，他们以为这是一场艺术表演。直到保安的出现，他们的眼神由欣赏这场“艺术”，变成厌恶这个“捣乱”。
4. Shout out to YZ, BG8LOCC, and Jay Izaak. They’re actually in the music video. People can try and find them.
5. The Millenium Falcon is also in the video.
6. Fo Tan isn’t just Laiki’s home. It’s also where Wildstyle Records kicked off.
To find out more about Wildstyle Records and YoungQueenz, check out our previous interview here.
4. Shout out to YZ，蛋头和Jay izaak，其实他们在MV?面的，眼睛尖的朋友可以找一下。
6. 火炭不止是丽琪的家，还是撒野作风Wildstyle Records的发迹地。