Written by Maria Arroyo
Jamaican rapper, model, poet, and painter, Racquel Jones, partners up with AFROPUNK to debut her new single, “Sacrilege,” with a magnificent and stunningly-produced music video.
“Sacrilege” was directed by Alex Di Marco, who’s worked with Khalid and Wiz Khalifa. Di Marco manages to “combines religious iconography with fragments of horror movie aesthetics and tops it all off with Racquel‘s powerful hip-hop performance to bring her message of oppression to the forefront.”
Jones pulls things from every art medium that she has in order to bring forth her best work. “To apply my visual art concepts to my musical creative process affords freedom and knowledge to an idea that is uniquely me,” says Jones. “The approach was a straight-flow, stream-of-consciousness, like Van Gogh painting manically with Dali-like compositional structures in a Kanye West mind. We’re going deep now into new sonic landscapes.”
“Sacrilege” is brought to life with the most incredible visuals that are both strong and emotionally stimulating, just like Jones’ music. This fire signal is eye-opening and chilling right down to the bone while making the listener feel like the H.B.I.C with her intense and rapid-fire flow.
Check out the incredibly crafted music video for “Sacrilege” out now!
“‘Sacrilege’ is a blatant denouncement of religion, specifically Catholicism, and what it represents for Black people whose history was intercepted by slavery,” Jones explains. “For my people, religion/Christianity was used as a tool of oppression and control while the heritage of our spiritual identity was erased. It is important for me to begin the discussion about the damages that religion has done to us as a people through the programming of our ancestors during slavery and beyond; and the strides we need to take to heal, unlearn, relearn, correct and salvage what is left of our true identity and teach that to our kids. So we’ll begin by turning our Bibles to 1 Peter 2:18 King James Version.”
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