Headie One has released his new single “Pound Signs”, a stand-alone track, was Produced by Likkle Dots and Es, the searing and fiery track sees Headie reckon with the various ways in which money can at once be an avenue to transcending a disenfranchised community, used to advance personal relationships but ultimately how it can be the root of all evil. An excerpt from a vintage interview with reggae icon and Pan-African visionary Bob Marley opens the track elaborating on how financial wealth and mobility does not equate to true riches or personal fulfilment.
The accompanying video directed by DAPS (Migos, Kendrick Lamar) is a vivid and cinematic portrayal of the power and influence money has in everyone’s life; metaphorically and literally. Heavily contrasting with the approaches of realism taken with Headie’s previous visuals, under DAPS direction, Headie flexes and demonstrates some acting chops. Playing the head of a Mafia-heist inspired organisation reminiscent of Quentin Tarrantino’s 1992 classic film “Reservoir Dogs.”
“Pound Signs,” is the follow-up to singles of ‘Edna’ and ‘Edna (Deluxe),’ ‘Only You Freestyle’ featuring Drake, ‘Ain’t It Different’ featuring Stormzy & AJ Tracey and ‘Princess Cuts’ with Young T & Bugsey.
Headie One had a busy 2020, including nominations at the BRIT Awards earlier this year in the categories of ‘British Male Solo Artist’ and ‘British Single’. Taking to the stage to also perform at the ceremony donning specialised designs from Virgil Abloh, his performance was among the most praised of the night for its social commentary on the negative and racist stereotyping of Drill music, Marcus Rashford and COVID-19 key workers.