Following up on her viral moment, Xlovclo released the visual for “WTF” this past week — matching the out-of-the-box nature of her hookless, massively popular hit with an equally unique music video.
Over the last few months, the 19-year-old DMV native has caught fire online with her infectiously soulful and decidedly unorthodox style. Born out of the Soundcloud underground — racking up millions of streams and spawning multiple TikTok trends — the genre-bending singer-rapper has earned co-signs from Lil Nas X, Doechii, Kodi Shane and many more.
Directed by her go-to, Capital Spotlite, the “WTF” visual shows Clo passing out in her bathroom as the song’s frenzied intro plays, only to wake up in what appears to be an enchanted woods — inexplicably wearing a white dress as she sing-raps melodic and refreshingly soulful bars.
The song itself is very unusual, and at just 1 minute and 30 seconds, it feels more like a peek into the captivating soundscape of Xlovclo rather than a narrative escapade — hinting at her skillset as a refined vocalist with unique creative choices and a remarkably confident delivery. It opens with a somewhat confusing intro that comes into focus as the understated, bluesy guitar beat drops (prod by Elavy and BeatBauerJonas) — igniting the now-iconic climax and ad-libs that helped peak the track amongst her growing fanbase.
The unusual style of “WTF” and Clo’s enthusiastic delivery of her eyebrow-raising ad-libs made for an instant hit on TikTok — soon racking up millions of plays and thousands of videos utilizing her sound. It saw more popularity on the app after Lil Nas X made his return to social media this past March with a series of TikToks. One clip with over 3.7 million views shows him lip-syncing word-for-word along with Clo’s “WTF.”
Additionally, “WTF” was also remade into an insanely catchy drill beat by Guapy Beats – giving the song an entirely new dimension that appealed to a whole new audience. The “WTF” drill remix, known as “F her Drill Beat” has over 1.9 million views on the original TikTok, and a pretty astounding 85,000-plus videos have been made using the sound.
Far from a one trick pony, a quick look at Clo’s impressive catalog shows a broad range of fresh sounds found in tracks like “Nawf,” “Mindset” and “Suckerpunch.” When asked about the viral success of “WTF,” Clo made it clear to OGM that she has even bigger plans: “It’s absolutely amazing, but it’s the first of many… let’s see who’s around in 10 years.”
Emerging as a rare female powerhouse in the new wave, Xlovclo is a one-of-a-kind new act found in the sweet spot between Soundcloud rap, R&B and online culture. She said it best herself, “WTF” is just the first of many more refreshing hits to come.
Watch Xlovclo’s “WTF” below