Amid a week that saw both Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" break into the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100, Drake found a side door into the #MeToo movement on Friday with his latest single, "Nice for What." It's an upbeat women's empowerment anthem featuring a gussied-up sample of Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor," a homage to New Orleans bounce music, and the voice of Big Freedia.
The song's soaring melody and uplifting lyrics are the perfect way to celebrate women in the spotlight. From Insecure creator Issa Rae to model-twin Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjarta, the video's star lineup features a who's who of black women across all walks of life.
In a clip that travels through various visual wonders, each new frame reveals another superstar who's proud to be a black woman. From actresses Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Tiffany Haddish, and Olivia Wilde to comedian Yara Shahidi, models Jourdan Dunn and Tracee Ellis Ross, model-twins Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjarta, and prima ballerina Misty Copeland, these women are all about power and hustling in their respective fields.
This isn't the first time that Drake has tapped powerful women to appear in his videos, but it's certainly one of the most significant. In February, he dropped the buzzy "God's Plan" video that made headlines for its socially aware conceit of giving away $1 million.
The "Nice for What" video also features an impressively diverse array of black women from all corners of the globe, and it's a testament to the strength of their work that so many of them were willing to make the sacrifices required for this opportunity. These powerful women all represent the struggles that the world's female leaders face daily, and they all have one thing in common: they are strong, independent, and empowered.