It’s been four years since Marsha Ambrosius blessed fans with new music, so it’s only right that she release a new single and video to match.
In preparation for the release of third studio album, NYLA, which is named after her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, the Grammy-nominated songstress recently debuted the visual for her project’s lead single, “Old Times.”
The DJ Camper-produced track highlights Ambrosius’ signature vocals while she sings about the days her man came home instead of running the streets — just like old times.
But while the song sings about a longtime love and the affection the two have had, the visuals reflect the emotion the Black community feels when witnessing headline stories about another unarmed man killed by police by portraying a man holding a pack of Skittles while rocking a black hoodie like Trayvon Martin. The Risk Takerz-directed video continues by using the same Black man running from police and into a backyard. There, he falls to the ground with a cell phone dropping from his hand similar to 22-year-old Stephon Clark.
Instead of making the end of the video mimic relentless headlines, it rewinds time and depicts the Black man walking passed the police and into his driveway. There, he removes his hood and walks in the front door to his family.
Happy to see another day together, Marsha and her man give each other Wakanda’s signature greeting.
Man, what the world would be like if things were just like old times.
NYLA will be available in stores and online Sept. 14.