Let’s examine the evidence. Malik uploaded a new video to his Instagram. It’s more cryptic than usual, and that’s saying something. As the video begins, we see Malik sitting in a luxe armchair, his mouth opening as if he’s about to say something. Before he can speak, the video immediately cuts to a scene of him carrying a carrying a suitcase. Through flashes of action, we see him holding that suitcase as he walks towards a boat, speaks onto a payphone, and enters a hotel room (presumably where the armchair scene takes place). Just as quickly, the video enters rewind, and we see everything happening backward. As a gunshot sounds, the words “the story continues” and “coming soon” ominously flash onto the screen.
There is no music in the short video. There isn’t even any dialogue, and the footage is purposefully cut in a way that makes it impossible to determine what is happening. Still, we can ascertain a few things.
First, Malik’s next ... whatever it is, will probably include some kind of storyline. The suitcase, speed boat, and pay phone all point to some kind of crime story. Maybe a heist? The lack of any music points to the exact opposite conclusion: music might play a huge part, and he’s saving it all for when he’s ready to roll out the singles.
Honestly, if Malik is dropping a criminal fugitive concept album, we’re here for it.