In the course of the song movies he’s anchored over the previous 365 days, Nigerian singer Fireboy DML has shown an an increasing number of extensive differ of himself, who he would possibly well per chance well per chance effectively be, and what he wants you to know concerning the put he came from. Within the azure clip for “What If I Converse,” he’s as charismatic because the deep oceanic vistas the overhead camera captures, and in extra cinematic feats admire the already iconic “Scatter” and final month’s Aaliyah-recalling “Eli,” the budgets are increased, which manner Fireboy can extra flex an already comely array of kinds.
“Tattoo,” his newest video that dropped Wednesday (August 12), provides one extra: sexual big name. It be distinctly 2020 — in reality one of his co-stars wears a vibrant face mask at the outset — and yet it is singular to Fireboy’s world-spanning tag of artistry. As his refined boom hovers over a squiggly rhythm, his onscreen persona embodies pure want. “Tattoo is a in reality sexual tune,” he tells MTV Info. “The 2nd I heard the beat, I lawful knew what I needed to total. It lawful assign me in the mood. I modified into once admire, let me lawful accelerate genuine in and lawful follow the falsetto.”
Fireboy stated the tune typifies his whole methodology to Afrobeats, which is to assign his hang withhold around the style and mix it with the finest of silken R&B. “When the tune begins, you would possibly well per chance well be admire, ‘Am I taking note of Usher, or what is occurring?’ But then because the tune goes on, you would possibly well per chance well be admire, ‘Oh, here’s an Afrobeats artist. What’s the vibe? It be true.’ I would possibly in reality be in the tips home of the listener. That is usually what ‘Tattoo’ is all about. Proper pure want.”
The three-minute clip paints Fireboy as a high-flooring Don Juan, with every lady in his constructing drawn into his magnetic energy. But that’s finest the free yarn. As ever, the visible is extra about mood and aesthetics — in this case, the warm lights of want as painted by rotating followers and lingering dusk gentle. “I fabricate no longer cherish to present away too grand, because I am a in reality non-public person, but I fabricate no longer tips giving out my heart,” he says. “You will want to painting totally different stuff which are no longer usually viewed in Afrobeats movies. I lawful admire to prove the African custom, the colours, the vogue, the Sunless African beauty.”
This is lawful a taste of what to are expecting from Apollo, his 2nd album, speak to come on August 20. Within the intervening time, exhaust a cramped while in the humid world of Fireboy DML in the sharp “Tattoo” video above.