Jhené Aiko Releases Video for ‘Sativa’ featuring Rae Sremmurd

Jhené Aiko has premiered a futuristic visual for “Sativa,” which features Rae Sremmurd.

The EYES-directed clip begins with Aiko in a lab being programmed and created by the rap duo, before entering the real world.

The original version of “Sativa” — which appears on Aiko’s latest album, Trip — features Swa Lee of Rae Sremmurd; the video includes an updated verse with Slim Jxmmi.

“It’s a Fisticuffs track and they know sativa is my favorite,” Aiko told NPR last year. “They named the track ‘Sativa,’ so I knew no matter what I talked about on this song I wanted to keep the name, because it definitely feels like sativa. I had this melody for almost two years now and I just couldn’t put it into words. Everyone, even No I.D., was like, ‘Why don’t you just put it on your album like that, so people can just feel what you’re saying.’ Then, at the very last minute, Amaire, who produces on the album, said, ‘We should call Swae Lee.’ And I’m a fan. So we had a session, he came through and he came through. That inspired me and I came up with new verses.”

Watch Jhene Aiko’s “Sativa” video below.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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DeCarlo Shares ‘Mind Up’ Video

Emerging singer DeCarlo has dropped a visual for his new single “Mind Up.”

The Josh Sikkema-directed visual opens with DeCarlo swallowing a white pill before he finds himself in deep thought and torn between multiple women he’s interested in. “I gotta make a move / I gotta make my mind up,” he sings.

“Mind Up” is the first offering from DeCarlo’s forthcoming EP, which is expected to drop later this year.

DeCarlo has been pursuing music since 2014. He has collaborated with rapper Romer Miller, rapper Ace B and model/rapper Don Benjamin.

Watch DeCarlo’s “Mind Up” video below.

Jessie J Celebrates Women in ‘Queen’ Video

Jessie J brings her empowering single “Queen” to life in her latest video. Directed by Marc Klasfeld, the simplistic video celebrates diversity, self-love and the natural beauty of women.

“This video is to celebrate ALL WOMEN,” Jessie J tweeted. “Women of all race, shape and size. I love being a woman. I love uplifting women. I love the power and beauty all women have. In a time where the world creates trends within beauty and tells us the ever changing definition of ‘perfect.'”

She continued, “THANK YOU to all the QUEENS in this video that helped me create a timeless piece of art that young girls can watch growing up and all women can watch all over the world and feel loved.”

“Queen” is lifted from Jessie J’s forthcoming album, R.O.S.E., which will be released in four parts. “The songs on R.O.S.E. are simply me singing my diary in a melody,” Jessie said. “I am so grateful and happy that anyone who has been waiting for this record in full will finally have it.”

R.O.S.E. stands for Realisations, Obsessions, Sex and Empowerment. The first installment will release on May 22, with the other three installments dropping on May 23-25.

Watch Jessie J’s “Queen” video below.

R.O.S.E. (Realisations)
1. Oh Lord (Interlude)
2. Think About That
3. Dopamine
4. Easy on Me

R.O.S.E. (Obsessions)
1. Real Deal
2. Petty
3. Not My Ex
4. Four Letter Word

R.O.S.E (Sex)
1. Queen
2. One Night Lover
3. Dangerous
4. Play

R.O.S.E (Empowerment)
1. Glory
2. Rose Challenge (Interlude)
3. Someone’s Lady
4. I Believe in Love

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Jessie Reyez Revisits Salem Witch Trials in ‘Body Count’ Video

Jessie Reyez makes a powerful statement in her “Body Count” video, which was directed by Peter Huang.

Speaking on the clip, Reyez said, “The video is inspired by the Salem witch trials; a bookmark in history for one of the many times women were persecuted. Sometimes for allegations of magic but often for low key sexual promiscuity or sexual selectiveness.”

She continued, “In short, you’re going to get judged anyway, so as long as you’re not hurting anyone and loving yourself, might as well do whatever you want. Whether that’s being celibate or being sexually free is your choice. Your body count is nobody’s business but your own.”

Reyez is scheduled to perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 9. She will hit other festivals this summer including BergenFest, Common Ground Festival and Lollapalooza. Reyez is will also join Halsey’s tour as a special guest on July 11.

Watch Jessie Reyez’ “Body Count” video below.

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