FKA twigs, UK rapper Headie One, and producer Fred again.. have teamed for a new song called ‘Don’t Judge Me’. The song is expanded from the Headie One and Fred Again.. track ‘Judge Me (Interlude)’, which appears on the pair’s 2020 GANG mixtape. It comes with a video directed by Emmanuel Adjei (who also co-directed Beyoncé’s Black Is King). Check it out below.
Adjei wrote of the ‘Don’t Judge Me’ video: “THE INVISIBLE OPPRESOR. From someone’s appearance, we are unable to judge whether a person discriminates over color, sex, religion, or gender. The oppressors within the people surrounding us, most often remain invisible until their abuse against others is revealed. This is one of the reasons why, for generations, discrimination is so hard to fight. Who must the victim fight against if it can’t identify the perpetrator?”
He added: “In this audio-visual document we get to witness artists FKA Twigs and Headie One, amongst other Black British influentials, fighting against invisible forces of judgment and oppression. Having the enormous Victorian-inspired fountain Fons Americanus by visual artist Kara Walker — depicting the historical, sorrowful story of slavery and colonization — as our setting, and particularly as the spirit of the film, this important monument creates another layer of depth and meaning to an invisible yet shared history.”
Last fall, FKA Twigs revealed in an interview for the Grammy Museum’s Programs that she had completed an entire album during quarantine. Earlier this week, she appeared on the BBC Radio 4 podcast Grounded With Louis Theroux to discuss her lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, Shia LeBeouf, in which she alleged abuse and assault.