Christmas has come a bit early.
On Friday, Rapsody shared the new single and music video for “Ibtihaj” from her upcoming album Eve.
Teaming up with producer 9th Wonder and tapping D’Angelo and GZA for guest vocals, Rapsody pays tribute to Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Each song on the rapper’s forthcoming album pays homage to an incredible Black woman, shedding light on the women who have inspired her.
“I wanted to talk about how important it is to have representation, to have women—Black women—you can look to in your life, whether it’s your mother or your sister, or you turn on the TV and you look at The Cosby Show’s Phylicia Rashad or Cicely Tyson, and now Issa Rae or Yara Shahidi. To have examples you can draw from who look like you—that inspires you and feeds you,” Rapsody told Essence in June.
With the camera traipsing around New York and spotlighting Black Muslims, the Jay Scorsese directed video for “Ibtihaj” is a celebration of all that and more.