LaToya Jane’s new single is like a breath of fresh air, for any listener, regardless what genre you normally listen to. Her  voice seeps into your veins and keeps you listening until the song ends  and then all you can do is hit the replay button again and again.

LaToya’s voice is cold and detached, while at the same time sultry and full of feeling and coupled with the powerful lyrics, her song “Be In Like” is just what the doctor ordered. “I’ll probably feel much better when you’re out of my sight”, she sings, and while that may be true about the person the song is about, it’s definitely not true about her.

Because LaToya Jane has also premiered a stunning new video to accompany “Be In Like” that really makes you question what the song is about. At a first listen, you’re tempted to write it off as just another break-up song (although it’s highly addictive, even then), but watching the video, you come to wonder if there isn’t more to the story.

The video features LaToya Jane elegantly dressed in a white suit, with dainty gold make-up and delicate jewelry, a real vision, and one that can easily fall into the woman-in-love category we think of initially. But then, as the song progresses, we get lyrics like “Cause if we stay together, then we’ll probably fight/I try to live with you in this life”, paired with clips of Jane in a bright yellow wig, in the darkness, covered in tattoos. This makes us wonder if the song isn’t in fact about two sides of the same person and how she struggles to live with her dark side, as we all must. Watch here

It would make sense, for LaToya Jane’s story is not a happy one. Although she had a passion for music ever since she was four years old, the dangerous neighborhood she was born in led to her becoming a delinquent and later becoming incarcerated at a facility for women which, it seems, really put her life into perspective and helped LaToya Jane (her real name, Latoya Rodney) find her inner strength and rise above her negative influences.

But the truth is, it doesn’t really matter, after all, each listener understands music differently and regardless what the song is truly about, I’m sure many of us can relate with it, because most people have either had to live with someone they were not happy with or perhaps a dark part of themselves. At the end of the day, we’ve all felt like LaToya standing atop a building, singing “maybe we should call it a night”.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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