FKA twigs, Headie One and Fred Again.. have teamed up for “Don’t Judge Me,” which has received a surreal music video.
The trio of British musicians first collaborated on “Judge Me (Interlude)” for Headie One and Fred Again..’s 2019 mixtape Gang. They’ve revisited and expanded it less than a year later.
FKA twigs directed the “Don’t Judge Me” visual alongside Beyoncé collaborator Emmanuel Adjei, marking her first directorial work since 2019’s “Home with You” and “Holy Terrain.” The pair render an arresting depiction of the cultural, structural and systemic obstacles that come with being Black and British today, with twigs fighting invisible forces throughout the clip: a metaphor for systems of oppression.
Headie One addresses the issues in a direct and heartfelt verse, while other notable Black British figures in art and culture make cameos, including Solomon O.b, model Kukua Williams, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and writer Reni Eddo-Lodge.
“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,” Adjei elaborated in a statement.
“Don’t Judge Me” is twigs’ first music release since her acclaimed 2019 album Magdalene, which also featured the tracks “Cellophane” and “Sad Day.” On the other hand, last year Headie One released his debut studio album Edna. It featured the singles “Only You Freestyle” featuring Drake as well as “Ain’t it Different” with Stormzy and AJ Tracey.
Watch the video for “Don’t Judge Me” here: