Grammy®-nominated artist CHIKA presents the epic music video for her new single “TRUTH OR DARE” featuring Freddie Gibbs. Watch above. It remains a standout from her recently released acclaimed debut SAMSON: The Album.
The regal visual finds CHIKA embodying an African Queen with fearless female warriors by her side as she walks through the wilderness to hold court. The clip jumps to fellow lyrical assassin Freddie Gibbs who spits bars from an ornate golden throne.
About the track CHIKA shares, “Truth or dare’ is a brutally honest self-reflection track where I ask myself if the path I’ve chosen is one that will lead to victory, or one that will swallow me alive. In it, I candidly (and skillfully) discuss my flaws, my fears, and my frustration while trying to keep things rather upbeat.”
It upholds what has become a tradition of powerhouse videos for CHIKA. She recently served up the music video for “DEMIGOD,” which was picked up by Billboard, Uproxx, and more. CHIKA also gave a beautiful live performance of “Show Me,” amongst other songs from the album on The Artists Den with Variety magazine and ignited the stage at Life is Beautiful Festival this fall. On November 26, CHIKA will perform songs from her new album live at The Echo Plex in Los Angeles. Visit https://theecho.com/tm-event/chika/ for details and tickets.
Beyond tallying over millions of streams, SAMSON has received widespread acclaim. As part of an in-depth feature, Rolling Stone hailed it as “an impressive testimony to Chika’s psychological and existential crises – plus her resolve to survive in spite of them.” Billboard plugged it among “Queer Jams of the Week” and raved, “Chika didn’t mince her words, so we won’t either; Samson is a masterpiece.” Spotlighting the current single, UPROXX stated, “On “Demigod,” Chika taps into her tenacious energy, rising above all the setbacks that have come her way. Throughout the song, she shows off her fiery pen game, and also her soft-tinged, cozy vocal stylings.”
CHIKA is a self-christened truth-teller, and she’s never shied away from that role — or the challenges that accompany it. The 26-year-old Alabama-born singer-songwriter and rapper caught the attention of a particular pocket of the internet when she began uploading her freestyles to social platforms like Instagram in the mid-2010s. With an immense display of creativity, she was championed early on by hip-hop greats Snoop Dogg and Diddy and, later, President Barack Obama. Her long-awaited debut, SAMSON: THE ALBUM, nearly two years in the making, is a fully imagined body of work that reflects CHIKA’s penchant for commenting on the state of humanity and how she moves through it all. CHIKA’s initial EPs, 2020’s Industry Games, which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and 2021’s Once Upon a Time, featured her combing through her thoughts and presenting the most salient among them as fan-favorite inspirational tunes. Now, she describes her sound as “violently me,” massaging together a fusion of hip-hop, pop, gospel, soul, and theatrical influences. With features from living legend Stevie Wonder and Grammy-nominated rap great Freddie Gibbs, plus guest appearances by theater luminary Lin-Manuel Miranda, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, and Wale, CHIKA’s debut album brims with credits that speak to her present and future status in music. CHIKA has always been a limitless dreamer and a passionate communicator, and SAMSON: THE ALBUM offers outright proof of that.