Xenia Rubinos-love video-vibe Xenia Rubinos-love video-vibe
Laurent Chevalier

Premiere: Inspired By Black Joy, Xenia Rubinos Casts A Universal "L.O.V.E." Spell With New Video

A song worth putting on heavy rotation. 

Following her sophomore album Black Terry Cat, and amid a political climate teething anti-blackness and xenophobia against the "other," Cuban-Puerto Rican singer Xenia Rubinos returns, casting a "L.O.V.E." spell on her global community.

"The song is an ode to falling in love in that crazy chaotic dizzy way where everything is all a jumbled blur, feeling lost in it like a child," said Rubinos to VIBE Viva over email, "wanting that feeling to last forever. I wanted the song to feel simple, sweet, carefree and buoyant. When you get that break everything just melts down into syrupy little birds. Time stops when you’re together."

The Afro-Latina also has an equally spellbinding visual to boot, its theme profoundly inspired by the Black Joy Project.

"I wanted to shoot a video that encapsulates being ecstatically in love and wanting to scream it from the rooftops, to share that bubbly feeling with everyone. I want to bombard everyone with pure love laughter and excitement!" Rubinos expressed. "I was inspired by the black joy project which seeks to fill social media with as many uplifting images of POC as possible. This is my ode to brown & black joy, being in love and sharing that exuberance with complete strangers all around the city, feeling that universality of love connecting us all. This is us casting a love spell on the world, this is us showing you brown & black joy, this is us visualizing & manifesting a reality centered on love for one another and the simple joy love brings."

Watch the tenderness unfold:

“L.O.V.E.” appears on the Amazon Music Original playlist called Love Me that was released just last month.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Premiere: Tommie of 'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Calls On Anthony Hamilton For 'Truth' Music Video

"With every trial is a testimony!" Tommie tells VIBE. "Here is mine."

With that, the The Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star drops her new music video for "Truth." The song sees her recounting a lifetime of struggles - sexual assault, birthing her child in jail, homelessness, and more, while a soulful Anthony Hamilton sings a hook that congratulates her for how far she's come. The video, directed by illHD and Tommie herself, splits between its own storyline and vintage footage of her life.

“This is/was my real life! Beyond the lights. I wanted to share with the people the back story, my whole truth," Tommie said. "In doing so I hope to motivate others struggling with their truth to not be afraid and be inspired to not give up!”

Watch the video for Tommie and Anthony Hamilton's "Truth" above.

Continue Reading
Emotional Oranges

Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."

 

it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

Continue Reading
Mello Music Group

Premiere: Nolan The Ninja and Chuck Inglish Give Their '2 Cents'

Two of the best from Midwest drop some lo-fi goodness as Nolan The Ninja calls on The Cool Kids' Chuck Inglish for the new song "2 Cents." On the second single from Nolan's upcoming Mello Music Group debut album Sportee, Nolan and the Cool Kids co-founder trade rhymes over a gritty soundbed by 5yoT. "I'm one of a kind, the type you never find, rarity breeds, follow my seed," Nolan spits, part of a relentless verse he uses to close out the record.

“Chuck and I met months ago and we chopped it up and eventually ended up in the studio,” Nolan told VIBE. “I was just going through joints I had & he told me to keep '2 Cents' rolling. He wrote to it & we knocked it out. I remember him calling it some ‘futuristic Wu shit.”

Detroit has some of the best rappers in the world, and Nolan the Ninja earned his stripes in the city's rap scene for years before signing a deal with Mello Music Group this fall. Sportee will include appearances by Chuck Inglish, T3 (Slum Village), Jaye Prime, Boog Brown & Charlie Smarts of Kooley High. Pre-order your copy, and listen to "2 Cents" below.

Continue Reading

Top Stories