When Felukah isn't studying Creative Writing at Hunter College, busting down tables, or babysitting, you might catch her getting her "existential dance on" on a rooftop or just in the streets of New York City. The bilingual rapper from Cairo, now based in the Big Apple, shows you just what that looks like in the Leah Rustomjee-directed video.
The production and flows on "Ms. Smooth" are reminiscent of a mix of A Tribe Called Quest and Souls of Mischief, but with an updated vocabulary for 2020. Felukah explained in an email that the song is "a tribute to any woman who is seeking security in self and style." She continued on how the city dictated the narrative as well: "Over the course of two days in the summer, Leah and I walked around New York City, with only a camera in hand and no real plan for the video. We explored Manhattan as a site for sporadic art and community, where dance crews (shoutout B.A.D.) are openly rehearsing on one block and a rooftop party is happening on another."
"Ms. Smooth" comes off of her Citadel project from July 2019.
Photo: Leah Rustomjee