Yaya Bey has shared “september 13th,” the latest single taken from her forthcoming release The Things I Can’t Take With Me, available April 9th, 2021 via Big Dada. The track is accompanied by a video starring Bey and directed by Morgan Powell and Michael Grant.
“September 13th is the day I realized the relationship I fought so hard for would never be the same,” explains Bey. The video, she continues, “is inspired really by how the song made me feel when I would listen to it in my bedroom. I kept imaging poses which felt like a photoshoot theme would go best with the song. We added a love interest to give it the story it needed. The song is stripped down and really is just about a feeling and the video needed to be the same way.
This essay is really what I’ve been saying and experiencing for years. Elitism is a by-product of capitalism which is feeding gentrification and gate keeper culture in major cities and by virtue internet culture. Working class black people, the “locals” of major cities and black women who are perceived as ghetto are as they say on the mood board but not in the board room.”
A multidisciplinary artist with two residencies at Brooklyn’s MoCADA Museum to date—Bey also produced a collection of new prints, released alongside the essay via Bandcamp, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Free Black Women’s Library.
The Things I Can’t Take With Me
1. the root of a thing
2. september 13th
3. we’ll skate soon
4. you up?
5. fxck it then
6. industry love / a protection spell
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