The pair released the track, which is the first song to be taken from YG’s upcoming album Pray For Me, last month (4). The recorded version also features J. Cole, although the North Carolina rapper did not join his collaborators for the performance on NBC.
YG entered the vault first to deliver his verses, rapping “YG think he Kanye West, he got his own kicks” between stacks of fake cash. Moneybagg Yo joined him minutes later after bills began to billow down from the ceiling. “Scared money don’t make no money,” the pair rapped together before exiting the vault along a path lined with sacks emblazoned with dollar signs.
Weeks after the single’s release, YG gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the “Scared Money” video shoot. The four-minute video showed the MC hanging out with Moneybagg Yo and J. Cole at the shoot, with the trio inspecting stills and shots to check on the video’s progression.
Pray For Me will follow YG’s critically acclaimed 2020 album, My Life 4Hunnid, which was accompanied by an instantly iconic video for the bouncy opening track “Jealous.” The visuals were released weeks before the 2020 US election and offered a scathing parody of the then-President Donald Trump.
My Life 4Hunnid received praise from the media upon its release, with The Los Angeles Times writing: “In his music, YG speaks to the immediate, hour-to-hour rage and vulnerability of Black life as protests churn and police kill and terrorize with seeming impunity. It’s fitting that My Life 4Hunnid is his darkest and most wounded album for Def Jam yet, one where the memories of his murdered friend [Nipsey] Hussle and fears of rampaging police are stalked by worries that, on the eve of the 2020 election, the country might not have what it takes to fix it all.”