Rina Sawayama has returned with the announcement that she's signed to Dirty Hit, and has shared a brand new single and music video for 'STFU!', a song which takes inspiration from nu-metal, combining it with Rina's own unique pop sound.
The incredible music video (directed by Rina and Alesandra Kurr) opens with a concept stemmed from Rina's own experiences with offensive, racial stereotypes which sees her explode with rage.
About the song, Rina says: “‘STFU!’ is a song about releasing the RAGE against microaggressions. As a Japanese girl growing up in the West I dealt with an array of aggressors ranging from: sexual stereotypes, comparisons with Lucy Liu and Cho Chang, to having to be the unofficial PR person and tourist board to Tokyo (a city of Western fascination that I left when I was 4), to people shouting Asian greetings down the street (nihao! Konnichiwa!), and finally to people doing “slit eyes”. The way I’ve dealt with these micro aggressions in recent years has been through comedy – my Asian friends and I have bonded over our shared experiences, laughing at how truly ridiculous these microaggressions are. Through humour and we heal and can move on. This is the spirit of ‘STFU!’ It was truly a therapeutic experience to condense all the things that people have said to me over the years into a situation that highlights how ridiculous these comments are when said all in one go in a context (like a first date) of flattery”.
Watch the 'STFU!' music video below...