Today, Princess Nokia released a deluxe version of her 1992 mixtape. In addition to the eight new fiery tracks, she also dropped visuals for “Flava,” a new song off the record.
The video, which was directed by Destiny herself, and Milah Libin, is an ode to “urban sisterhood,” as she outlined in an Instagram post. It’s about self-esteem, cultural appropriation, and, most importantly, self love.
“You don’t know what it is to be me, and I don’t know what it is to be you,” Destiny starts the video saying. “That is because we are made different from each other, but all girls are meant to shine. All girls are meant to be something special in this world, even if they’re told they’re not supposed to be…They might paint a pretty picture of your likeness but you are just as deserving. In fact, you deserve even more.”
As Destiny cites her declaration, we watch as she and her friends do each other’s hair, roll blunts, and lovingly dance with each other. Then, about halfway through, the ladies transform from their pajama bottoms and tank tops into pastel suit sets accessorized with pearls and bucket hats. The “flavas” of all four ladies are colorful, vibrant, and wrapped up in a sweet message of empowerment. Fifth Avenue has never looked better.
Watch the powerful video above.