Amandla Stenberg Makes Their Music Video Debut
“Let My Baby Stay”
At this rate, there isn't anything that Amandla Stenberg can't do. The 18-year-old NYU student, actor, author, and activist has been busy promoting their latest film, Everything, Everything, but unbeknownst to us, Stenberg managed to slip in her own cover of Mac DeMarco's song "Let My Baby Stay" into the flick—with his blessing, of course.
The original version is a lo-fi acoustic tune, whereas this rework, produced by Leven Kali, is a sexy R&B jam that you can grind to in the club (or cry to in your bedroom). As for the visual component, Stenberg self-directed what is essentially a virtual mood ring with a palette of blues, pinks, and purples.
When they aren't dancing alone in a cartoon room with hearts on the wall, Stenberg is swaying low between a colorful crowd of people that can't seem to disconnect from their mobile devices. It seems like Stenberg is calling out the digital divide that is third-wheeling in millennial relationships.
Obviously, this isn't Stenberg's first time appearing in a music video. Not long ago, they were featured in Blood Orange's visual for "With Him / Best To You / Better Numb." Stenberg officially made their directorial debut when they released the cinematic short, Blue Girls Burn Fast, earlier last year.
As a user in the comments section, by the name of Shania Andrews, so eloquently put it, "My skin is clearing up. My edges are growing back, my crops are growing, i just cashed a cheque because of thissss bitxchh yessss." Fingers crossed that more music will be on the way soon. Watch Stenberg get down in this Cool™ video, below. If you want to stream the song on loop, click here.