By Jack Barnes
Grammy-nominated songwriter Nikki Jean surprises fans with hypnotic new track, “People & Planes“. Set over a lush downtempo instrumental, the bluesy vocals bemoan a world where economic disparity, civil injustices, the exorbitant costs of healthcare, the accessibility of weapons and widespread chemical dependancies all come together to set humankind on a path to destruction. Worse yet, we’re all being force-fed our own societal failures as entertainment on a 24-hour news cycle. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter’s latest release is available now via Rhymesayers Entertainment.
The entrancing visual for “People & Planes” encapsulates the song’s woeful message. Over a smooth and intoxicating bass line, Nikki Jean pours forth with emotion as she sits before a TV cycling through grim images of frustration, hate and hopelessness. “When will it end?” she asks herself as the intensity increases, until she’s absorbed all she can take.
As DJ Booth once proclaimed, “Nikki Jean is an artist, in every sense of the word.” As she continues to explore creative freedoms, working toward a masterpiece, stay tuned for her official debut on Rhymesayers Entertainment.
MORE ABOUT NIKKI JEAN:
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Nikki Jean studied theatre before moving to Philadelphia and joining the band Nouveau Riche as lead singer. She gained major recognition for her contributions to Lupe Fiasco’s “Hip Hop Saved My Life”, and other songs from Grammy-nominated album, The Cool, before going on tour with Kanye West (Glow In The Dark Tour, 2008) and Mayer Hawthorne (A Strange Arrangement Tour, 2009). Nikki Jean co-wrote songs with Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Lamont Dozier, Carly Simon and more, for 2011’s Pennies in a Jar, before going on to release 2013’s X-Mas EP and 2014’s Champagne Water EP. She’s also appeared on Brother Ali’s A Bite Marked Heart (2012), and Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth (2015), for which she performed alongside Lupe on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Next up, Nikki Jean will perform at the Official Before Party for Soundset 2018, at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, on May 26.
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