Princess Nokia has returned with “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (SHIT),” her first release this year. The bouncy song arrived alongside an equally spunky video.
In the Emma Westenberg-directed clip, Nokia competes in a beauty pageant with an assist from rapper Maliibu Miitch, who plays her makeup artist. The rapper ignores typical pageant conventions, befriending the other contestants and impressing the judges with her sultry contemporary dance routine. She ends up taking home the crown, which she gives to a young fan at the end of the visual.
“I took from ballroom and pageantry which are two elements that people compete in, in a really healthy way to showcase their bravado, their beauty or their talent,” Nokia told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. “I’ve always been like this funny, awkward, anime, comic book kid. Doing music, voguing, dancing and being Princess Nokia are all my mediums of taking that awkward teenage girl I’ve always kind of been and being able to personify myself in this grandiose way that isn’t fake or exaggerated but… in the most healthy and kind of creative and artistic way.”
“Sugar Honey Iced Tea (SHIT)” is the follow-up to Nokia’s 2018 EP, A Girl Cried Red. Last year, she also re-released her debut album, Metallic Butterfly.
Watch the video for “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (SHIT)” here: