U.K. soul revivalist Michael Kiwanuka's sophomore album Love & Hate drops on May 27. The LP's lead single is a meaningful meditation titled "Black Man In A White World," and the accompanying video premieres today on The FADER.
Produced by Inflo, "Black Man In A White World" finds Kiwanuka solemnly reflecting on his life in this white-oriented world. "This record," he said, "lead me to be even more vulnerable and transparent than I've ever been before."
The video which was directed by Hiro Murai, follows a dancer as he parades through L.A.'s sprawling neighborhoods. The streets are empty until a police car commits a hit and run, speeding off and leaving a totaled car in the middle of the intersection. At this point, he begins to float up and away.
I’m in love but I’m still sad, he sings, baring the compromises he has had to make. I found peace but I’m not glad.
Of the video, Kiwanuka said, "It’s the perfect visualization of the song."