Today, R&B mainstay D?WN dropped an artsy visualizer for her song “Cali Drum,” produced by Machinedrum. The video itself features palm trees and a nude Dawn Richard lookalike. “Cali Drum” comes from her upcoming album, REDEMPTION, the final installment in her trilogy of LPs.
Of the clip, D?WN told Rolling Stone, “I’m excited to go back to animation: I started in animation with my own comics and drawing, and even the Danity Kane name came from a character I created in high school.” The singer wanted to use her visualizer as an opportunity to show diversity: “I find there is a lack of diversity in animation and comic writers and wanted to shed light on how many amazing black illustrators, writers, and designers we have. I was extremely happy to hear Marvel had asked Roxane Gay to be the new lead writer for The Wakanda Series. I hope more people of color are highlighted in the anime world.”
Take a look at the video for “Cali Sun” below.