This Black History Month, Mic Capes celebrates Black Queens with a visual for his song Black Pearls. The track stems from his latest full length album, Concrete Dreams, which explores the reality of blackness in the US from various angles.

I had the pleasant introduction to the Portland artist when he was featured on Gifted Gab's Sk8 God-produced cut Same Shit/Different Day. His calm and confident flow is consistent throughout his music, features included. And his content? In his words:

"I make music inspired by people and the experiences of my life. Made to raise awareness, evoke thought, and channel emotion. My music comes from what I have seen, learned, lived, and experienced. I speak of the good, the beautiful, the bad, and the ugly. My goal is to not only grab the ears but capture the heart as well. I aim to shed light on social issues and encourage folks to think critically and gain understanding and new perspectives all while still making music without an expiration date. This is my individual representation of the inner me presented and given to you in the form of outward expression... Cinematic Poetry."

'...Cinematic Poetry.' I can't think of a better way to describe his latest visual. It starts off with a bold and chilling spoken word piece by poet Lauren Steele. The poem speaks of the natural beauty that black women possess and the influence we have on the world. It ends with a simple, yet strong statement.

"Black woman, you are beautiful."

Directed by Prema DiGrazia, the bright visual features black women of all shapes and sizes, young and old, from all walks of life. The rich background colors compliment their skin tones which range from dark chocolate to caramel, including everything sweet in between. This diverse display is set to encouraging bars by Capes and a soulfully sang hook by Aaron O'Bryan Smith.

The production, provided by Trox & Tony Ozier, is as natural as the hook encourages. It isn't heavily laden with computer-generated effects. Instead, it is a cozy, comforting instrumental bed for this message to lay down on. 

"...Don't change a thing, Don't change a thing-

 you're beautiful, just the way you are."

As a black woman myself, I shed tears watching and listening to Black Pearls. It seems as though media and society as a whole are quick to shame black women. We are labelled as aggressive, loud, and oftentimes hypersexualized at a young age. To hear this ode to us with a simple and positive message was touching. Thank you, Mic Capes.

See the visual below and make sure to check out Capes' latest EP, a collaboration with fellow Portland artist Drae Slapz entitled Sheesh.

| Happy Black History Month. |


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