From a job in Starbucks to almost half a million Soundcloud plays, the music video for Jorja Smith's track Blue Lights was shared by i-D last night.
Already garnering support from the likes of Skrillex and Stormzy, the 18 year old singer's debut is a hybrid mix of social commentary and society's misconceived perceptions, served up with Jorja's all-out R&B emotion over an undemanding and understated beat, complete with a sample from Dizzee Rascal's 'Maths + English' track Sirens.
Jorja told i-D that, “Blue Lights is a song I wrote around a year ago. It questions why you should have a guilty conscience if you’ve done nothing wrong." Directed by Drew Cox, she adds that the accompanying video, “is about a black male who portrays three different paths he could’ve gone down in life… as a boxer, a police officer and just a guy in a hoodie. This man is fighting with himself and the perception that society and authority have given to him.”
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