A few months ago, Zimbabwe-Australian hip-hop artist Tkay Maidza dropped the Last Year Was Weird Vol. 1 EP. Today, we’re premiering her Keenan MacWilliam-directed video for “White Rose.” The visual opens with Tkay dressed as a lady in red, walking through a cemetery while delicately clutching a single white rose. Eventually, she leaves the flower on a grave stone that is decorated by a silky banner that reads “last year”—practically a glaring symbol to bury the past and move on with your life. Later on, Tkay transforms into an angelic groundskeeper and then hops on a white rose-embellished bicycle to lead us into her sacred garden of healing.
In a previous interview with The Line of Best Fit, she explained how white roses represent friendship and the security of being on the same page as someone else. “I think in general I was feeling a bit unappreciated by life so I wanted to make a super conversational song to a person explaining exactly what was going on in my head word for word,” she said. “It’s about how a person is only there for you when everything is smooth, but isn’t there when it’s gloomy or dark.”
Scroll down to watch the whole narrative come to life.
For more of our premieres, check out Eyedress’ new video for “Sensitive G” right here.