FKA twigs, London rapper Headie One, and producer Fred again.. have come together for the new song “Don’t Judge Me.” It’s an expansion of the “Judge Me (Interlude)” from the rapper and producer’s 2020 GANG mixtape. The new song arrives with a video directed by Emmanuel Adjei (who also co-directed Beyoncé’s Black Is King). The visual finds twigs dancing in an empty room while Headie One walks along a street. Things get a bit supernatural at the end. Watch below. Scroll down for Adjei’s statement on the “Don’t Judge Me” music video.
In mid-October, FKA twigs said in an interview for the Grammy Museum’s Programs at Home series that she had completed a full album while remaining home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among her collaborators is Spanish producer El Guincho, who worked on Björk’s Biophilia and Rosalía’s breakthrough EL MAL QUERER. Since releasing MAGDALENE, twigs has appeared as a guest on the debut album from the enigmatic producer Slingbaum and joined Nicolas Jaar on a track for his Against All Logic project.
FKA twigs filed a lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Shia LeBeouf, alleging abuse and assault. LeBeouf, in emails to The New York Times, wrote that “many of these allegations are not true” but has not commented on specific allegations. “I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt,” he wrote. This week, twigs further discussed the allegations on the BBC Radio 4 podcast Grounded With Louis Theroux.
Read Pitchfork’s Cover Story “The Sacred and Profane Genius of FKA twigs,” and see more about Headie One and Fred again.. in “Great Records You May Have Missed: Spring 2020.”
THE INVISIBLE OPPRESSOR
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?
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 judgement 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.