Widely regarded as one of the realest, most powerful and important voices in music, Ray Blk drops the video for her recent Island Records single “M.I.A.”. Featuring exciting US rising star Kaash Paige, and taken from her eagerly-awaited debut album “ACCESS DENIED” (September 17).
Produced by acclaimed East London film director Darnell Depradine (Aitch, Potter Payper, Jacob Banks) the video for M.I.A. serves up pure feel good summer vibes as we see Ray enjoying a cook out with family and friends including familiar faces such as Kojey Radical and MNEK. The video then switches gear and delivers sultry evening scenes as Ray and Kaash escape onto the streets of London and LA. Described by NME as “an R&B legend in the making”, Kaash Paige has worked with the likes of Travis Scott, Alicia Keys and Moneybagg Yo.
Speaking about the video release Ray says: “For the video I wanted to have a bbq with my friends and family because the essence of the song is just about having the best experiences with someone you love, as being surrounded by my friends and family is when I feel my best and in my element. We shot it in South London but it looked and felt like we were away somewhere, similar to the lyric in MIA about your loved one feeling like a vacation, because it’s not about where you are, but who you’re with.”
Darnell Depradine says: “I’ve wanted to work with Ray for a long time so I knew we had to make something amazing. Everyone really worked well to make it a special day, we literally had a bbq gathering to make everything be authentic and I feel we really got that feeling we wanted,”
Ray also recently dropped a live VEVO performance for “MIA” which is available to watch
The video follows her recent announcement for her and long-awaited debut album, “ACCESS DENIED” on September 17th through Island Records. Featured guests on the 14-song set include Giggs, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Suburban Plaza and of course Kaash Paige. The album has been a couple of years in the making and Ray is thrilled that she will be able to share her artistry, heart and soul with her fans.
Fans can pre-order the album from: https://RAYBLK.lnk.to/AccessDeniedPR
Ray has spent lockdown writing and recording her long-awaited debut album which promises to be one of the cultural highlights of the year, reminding everyone what a truly special and unique artist she is. She also wrote and performed “Warriors”, the lead track from the hugely acclaimed 8 times BAFTA nominated film “Rocks”, which has also been nominated for Sync Of The Year at this years Music Week Awards.
Proving that she has other strings to her bow Ray hosted a 12-week run of the Apple Agenda Show with Mabel, Mahalia, Ghetts and many more. As well as this, she fronted a special Black History Blackout Radio show for Apple music which showcased her passion and knowledge about black women in music including interviews with legends Ms Dynamite and Estelle.
Following her highly acclaimed Oxford University and Ted talks, Ray was also invited by Cambridge University to discuss what Black History Month means to her and share her experience as a black woman in the entertainment industry with the Cambridge Union.
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