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We highlight new music from female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, check out a brand-new video from rapper and producer Sammus.
You won’t find a more proudly nerdy rapper than Sammus: her stage name is a reference to a character from the video game Metroid and she often uses music from classic video games as the base for her beats (she broke down her song-making process on the Geek Girls episode of our Popaganda podcast). “1080p,” the first single off her forthcoming EP, feels like a musical shift—the song has only one reference to Mario that I heard and, instead, tackles heavy issues around mental health. The video for the single follows Sammus on a regular day as she navigates her music career, grad school, and friendships, including a trip to see a counselor. The lyrics speak to the importance of self-care and prioritizing mental health amid a busy life. “Now I see the past with some clarity / Glad I took my ass to some therapy,” she sings. That’s a line I’m sure to find myself repeating—among a million songs about heartbreak and sadness, it’s rare to hear one that speaks so honestly about the importance of reaching out for help.