Experimental singer-songwriter Imani Coppola has shared her new single “SAMO,” or “same ol’ BS” in which she calls out America for the mistreatment of black and Latino people. While the message is intense, the track features catchy rhythms and shows off Coppola’s violin skills.
Coppola explains that, “‘SAMO’ is essentially an imagined friendship with [celebrated graffiti artist Jean-Michel] Basquiat throughout the decades. 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.”
As she’s gearing up to release more music this summer, Coppola is hoping to spread awareness. “I want them to feel shaken, moved, rattled, I want them to feel their own importance in life, I want them to hear their own voice more clearly in their hearts. I want them to be more in touch with their truth, I want them to be kinder to others, I want them to be kinder to themselves. I want them to know they are not alone. And if they think they’re crazy, they’re in a good place. It’s the ones who don’t think they’re crazy you gotta worry about.”
For more information, check out her official Bandcamp.