In the video, the R&B singer is stuck in a cocoon while two dancers execute an intricately choreographed dance. As the video progresses, Lani slowly breaks through the shell and eventually emerges as a beautiful butterfly, baby bump and all. For the production of the video, Kehlani collaborated with teachers and current students from the middle school she attended, the Oakland School for the Arts.
“Thank you Oakland School for the Arts for cultivating such a beautiful community, and teaching me so much of what I use today in my career,” she wrote on Instagram. “Directed by the youngest director I’ve ever worked with [Trey Lyons], thank you for bringing my vision to life.”
“Butterfly” is the latest song from the While We Wait mixtape to get the video treatment, after “Nights Like This” and “Nunya.” The project is a precursor to the singer’s upcoming full-length studio album.
Watch “Butterfly” below: