Atlanta-based rapper 645AR has teamed up with FKA twigs for his new song, ‘Sum Bout U’. Produced by SenseiATL with co-production from El Guincho, the track arrives with a video conceived by twigs and directed by Aidan Zamiri. Check it out below.
“I’m bringing real R&B back,” the rapper, who’s known for his “squeak rap” delivery style, said in a statement. “Shout out to FKA twigs.”
In addition to the new collaborative single, twigs has also launched a fundraiser which aims to provide direct financial support to strippers and sex workers suffering financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicking off funds with her own donation of £10,000. The funds will be donated to SWARM, Lysistrata, and East London Strippers Collective (ELSC).
“I feel like now is the time for me to step forward, pay respect, and shine a light on the challenges facing sex workers, especially during these uncertain times,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “Sex workers I know and have met have discipline, craft, talent and work ethic—not only do they deserve better long-term, but their income has been wiped out by the lockdown and many are invisible to the financial aid available to others.” Read twigs’ full post below and click here to access the GoFundMe page.
645AR has been gaining momentum with recent hits such as ‘Yoga’ and ‘4 Da Trap’. FKA twigs’ last album, MAGDALENE, which we named one of the Top 10 Pop Albums of the Decade, was released last fall. Last month, she teamed up with Ty Dolla $ign for his track ‘Ego Death’, and unveiled the short film ‘We Are the Womxn’.
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i was 19 when i learnt my first pole move, i learnt a back hook spin from a stripper when i was working as a hostess in a gentleman’s club. for those of you who don’t know, hostessing is when one person pays another person for their time, anything from a conversation over dinner to sex work, and the club gets a cut of the fee. my lived experience as a very young woman in these environments has not only informed the strong and formidable woman that i am today, but also a lot of my work as a music and visual artist – sometimes even subconsciously. i feel like now is the time for me to step forward, pay respect, and shine a light on the challenges facing sex workers, especially during these uncertain times. sex workers I know and have met have discipline, craft, talent and work ethic – not only do they deserve better long-term, but their income has been wiped out by the lockdown and many are invisible to the financial aid available to others. there’s a bigger journey in challenging public attitudes, tackling stigma, and fighting for rights and protections – but today I’m inviting you to join me in helping with cash donations to SWARM, Lysistrata and ELSC. these organisations are providing direct financial support to strippers and sex workers, we’ve kicked off the the fund with £10,000 and you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sexworkermutualaidfunds this week, SWARM @swarmhive Lysistrata @lysistratamccf and ELSC @ethicalstripper will also be taking over my social media channels.