New York based artist, Laolu, continues to diversify his career with a new rap single and video Mama Africa. The song samples Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest and an intro from Jesse William’s fiery BET awards speech. The video’s models are covered in Laolu’s world-renowned art, which he has dubbed “Sacred Art of the Ori”.
Laolu, who is Nigerian and Yoruba, makes African culture the central theme of his work. Ori is a Yoruba term, which refers to an individual’s personal path, destiny, head, consciousness, or essence. In the song he calls Orisha names and rhymes in both English and his native Yoruba tongue. Yet, Laolu clearly resonates with the African American experience and utilizes his video to highlight current racial violence and injustice taking place in the United States.
Laolu is a visual artist, body painter, and designer, who grew in popularity after painting at Afropunk and lending his artistic work to Beyonce’s film, Lemonade. He has worked with several celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Jidenna, Usher, Swiss Beats, Black Coffee, and Seun Kuti. Laolu is also a human rights lawyer, activist, and all-around renaissance man. Personal Advisory applauds Laolu for using his platform to strengthen the connection between Africa and the Black Diaspora through meaningful art and culture.