Vivid storytelling is as natural to hip-hop as 808s. The most lauded of storytellers in the genre have been iconized for their ability to paint pictures of experiences they've had — or those in their community — for the world to feel. For Los Angeles native, Saint Bodhi, the prospect of blending storytelling with hip-hop tempos and R&B vocals is a challenge she's up to.
Having spent the majority of her career thus far writing for other artists, the 27-year-old is gearing to step out solo with the release of "FlowerChild." The video recently dropped and is inspired by strong Black women.
"'FlowerChild' is about my childhood struggles and introduces people into my dark but beautiful mind," the Def Jam artist says about the melodious song. "I heard the beat and it spoke to me, the lyrics came right out. J.lbs produced the record and is from the same area so we immediately clicked, you can even hear his voice at the end of the song."
Inspired by the visuals of Missy Elliott and sounding akin to SZA, Saint's lyrical content is raw and emotional. "When I get older, I'ma get up out this b*tch / I'ma get rich / My daddy bangin' on the walls," she begins "FlowerChild" by singing. The idea is to be honest about her life, but also elevate the realities of so many from Black and brown communities. "'FlowerChild' represents me and where I’m from," Saint says.
Watch the video for "FlowerChild" below.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue