With the summer at our fingertips, eclectic and musically expansive artist, IMANI COPPOLA, is releasing her sweltering new single “SAMO“. The track leans into a theatrical bent with strong R&B influences, highlighting not only her incendiary vocal prowess, but also her skillful command of the violin.
“‘SAMO’ is essentially an imagined friendship with [celebrated graffiti artist Jean-Michel] Basquiat throughout the decades,” explains Coppola. “As the world was changing, I imagined how he and his art would’ve been affected had he thrived in a different time. I also managed to use his tag name ‘SAMO’, which is a short version of “Same ol’ bullsh**”, to cynically state that nothing ever really changes in American society, it only gets stupider and we’re becoming more accustomed to accepting that as the new normal.”
“SAMO” sees Coppola bluntly and unapologetically calling out this “same ol’ bullsh**” with lyrics like, “Stop and frisk raised the risk… For mainly Blacks and Latinos,” and “And the world was trolling for America to become great again (control, control control) / Guns were polling, Kanye West was running for President.”