Princess Nokia releases 1992 Deluxe and Spills some truth about race with her visuals for 'FLAVA'
"You dont know what it is to be me, and I don't know what it is to be you"
I have been waiting for this beautiful soul to drop new music since I first heard 1992 more than a year ago. After announcing her distribution deal with Rough Trade Records, she released her single G.O.A.T and announced her RE-release of 1992 Deluxe with SIX brand NEW songs!!!!!! She said it'd drop in June, but late is better than never when it comes to her shit. All year, she's continued to travel world wide preforming all her hits and continues to grow successfully as an extremely influential artists in the industry. She continues to break down boundaries and openly discusses topics we rarely hear about. She is BAD ASS to say the least.
What I love the most about Nokia is the knowledge she isnt afraid to express within her music and visuals. I am a firm believer that music is supposed to convey a message and/or a feeling, and she really does both. She has a huge impact on young brown and black women, of all ethnicities, cultures and religions. She is unbelievably inclusive. Just listening to her speak... gives me goosebumps and honestly, motivates me to keep doing what I'm doing in hopes of making a difference. Watch the video for 'Flava' directed by herself and Milah Libin, and be prepared to shed a tear at the beginning and then quickly turn into bad bitch mode:
There is a fine line between music and education, but she makes that line completely disappear. She really opens up my eyes (and others i'm sure) to many topics I would normally not think about, because I grew up in predominately white community. She also spits the fucking truth without hesitation. The fact is, the black culture for years, and till this day, is degraded and inferior within society. But all of a sudden, it's become a sort of 'fad' and many people appropriate the culture and claim it as "fashion", without understanding the decades of struggle and history behind it. Nokia was right when she said:
"First they make fun of you, and then they want to be you"
My black and brown sisters, always push yourself to combat these appropriations and educate people with love. Knowledge is power. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from her visual:
"Do you know how many people want to be you? Try to look like you? Try to act like you? Spend millions of dollars tryna be who YOU are. The colour of your skin, your hair, your nails. Make their lips big like yours. Make their skin dark like yours. First they make fun of you, and the they want to be you."
"They may paint a pretty picture of your lightness, but you are just as deserving. In fact, you deserve even more. Your dreams deserve to be lived, and your beauty deserves to be heard"
"Who taught you how to hate yourself? How did it get this far? Everything about you is magnificent, but you don't even know it"
"They may have things you do not have, and lives that seem easy... but you will earn that. Because at the end of the day, you have something... money could never buy"
Make sure to download 1992 Deluxe, available on ALL streaming services here
Ps: this was my favourite blog to write till this day, so I hope you guys enjoy :)