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NYC artist, filmmaker, DJ, socialite, etc. Vashtie Kola has just dropped an “art film” she directed, starred in and wrote, set to Drake’s late-night booty call ode “Hotline Bling.” The unofficial video stars Johnny Stevens – of rock band Highly Suspect fame – as Vashtie’s love interest; a tool of sorts who keeps missing her calls as he gets swept up in a cliché rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of booze, groupies and partying while on the road. Meanwhile, as Vashtie immerses herself with New York’s glitterati, she becomes fed up with her rocker boo’s antics and settles for another man, played by A$AP Mob’s very own A$AP Bari. Other cameos in the deeply emotive video include Instagram hotshot Luka Sabbat and “it” model couple Jarlos.

On the video’s inspiration, Vashtie states:

“I wrote this story about “Lolita” in 2008 and, at the time, felt little connection to her. But, in the past year as my career and personal life have changed in (scary and exciting) ways I never could have predicted – I started to understand her. I found myself re-writing this piece, for exercise and therapy.

2015 is a time of “likes” and “followers” and “direct messages” and constant connection with strangers. But I wonder a lot: what do people really know about me? Or each other for that matter? And how far is that from reality? “Lolita” seems to have it all. Dom Perignon and opulence. Attention and adornment. But, as I’ve learned this past year, “seems” can’t really be trusted.

Thanks to Drake and to my friends for helping me make this.”


Watch the soap opera unfold above.

Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America