A look at three stunning videos from one of music’s most creative duos.
Words by Shawn for 7AM.
Intro by Ronnia.
One of music’s best kept secrets is also pretty hard to ignore. Jamaican artiste & lyricist Royal Blu and German producer & director Tim Foresta have been quietly and consistently releasing creative projects for the past few years. The two were linked through a mutual friend and connected via Facebook before meeting & recording in Kingston, Jamaica. The rest is history in the making.
Their musical chemistry and creative harmony is seamless. Although Foresta has worked with artistes such as Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid and more, his production seems tailor fit for Blu’s poignant verses and smooth delivery. And when it comes time to bring the music to life, Foresta knows how to capture the essence of Blu and his collaborators, with simple, intimate and beautiful storytelling.
Here is a brief history of their visual masterpieces. — R.
The music video reflects the somber and almost melancholy mood of the song. From the the look of despair and concern on both singer’s faces to them being clad in all white clothes. Lila’s makeup perfectly compliments the bright coloured flowers and background seen throughout the video. Along with the somber look and feel of the song and video, I see these pops of colour as a symbolism of hope.
Growing up in Jamaica, one common and unfortunate statement you might have come in contact with is, “Anyting weh too black nuh good” As racial tensions heighten in America and on the Internet, Royal Blu x Runkus blessed us with this song just at the right time. The song was well written and can be seen as the millennial perspective of this never-ending conversation.
With the accompanying video, the powerful messages from the song are conveyed in a brilliant way. In the opening sequence, both Royal Blu and Runkus are seen rocking out in their clean and crisp white T’s and black jeans. I appreciate the balance of the black and white here. Throughout the video, both are seen seated beside a washing machine with the white T’s. This can be interpreted as the continuous cycle of “whiteness” being put forward as the standard of cleanliness.
Another standout aspect of the video is being able to look at the mirror and smile at your reflection.
Let’s Get High
“Power, greed, money, fame… and the strongest drug of them all? Love.” — J. Cole
Just like any other drug, love has the propensity to be addictive. Love is also multi-layered and multidimensional.
One minute, it so sweet and makes you feel so good and we need our fix and we need it NOW! On the other hand, love can be toxic — in instances where you almost become dysfunctional in it’s absence.
Royal Blu addresses the highs and lows, and also the expectations that come along with love.
Let’s Get High music video: https://youtu.be/TfVgYCT8yWc
We look forward to more collaborations from these two creative masterminds, and will gladly support a visual album in the near future.
In the meantime, we’ll keep the Sing With God EP in daily rotation: Available on all streaming platforms for your audio and visual pleasure.
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