“Afeni,” Rapsody’s collaboration with PJ Morton from her latest album Eve, has received a powerful music video treatment.
The visual, directed by Cam Be, follows a young black woman who discovers she’s pregnant with her first child. From receiving her first sonogram to raising the child as a single mother, the clip celebrates the beautiful and sometimes difficult journey to motherhood. “I don’t know where I would be / If you weren’t here with me / If you don’t hear anybody else say it / Please know you’re appreciated,” Morton croons on the chorus.
“Afeni” is named for Tupac Shakur’s late mother, who was also a civil rights activist. It also samples Tupac’s 1993 single, “Keep Ya Head Up,” Rapsody told Refinery29. “[Tupac’s] message [on the song] resonated with me even at such a young age, and it played a part in who I am now as a woman,” she said. “It was a way for me to pick up where Tupac left off and speak to our black men from the perspective of a black woman.”
Check out the video for “Afeni” below: