In this fifth single from the upcoming EP Chauffeur, Indian-Australian artist Vinny Lunar unabashedly addresses the inherent color-based trauma and contradictions around colorism that plague modern society. Lunar had this to say about the track:
“Throughout my childhood and youth, I was exposed to messaging that associated being light-skinned with being beautiful, that you have to do whatever it takes to either gain this ideal or fiercely protect it”
The track is an aggressive pushback to a culture that still reconciles with colonial baggage, and that reveres people who have a lighter complexion. He also points out the irony of how Western societies attribute beauty to people who are tanned. Vinny transmutes his trauma to a celebration of color as a source of strength, pride, and rich tradition among South-Asian communities. This realization is reinforced through a triumphant mantra: “I’ve got rhythm in my blood, I’ve got heritage in my skin”
I absolutely love the vibes of this one as well as its truths. We need less colorism in society, because that sort of thing screws everyone up. The production and lyricism are also top-notch, as they really reflect a person who’s seen colorism rear its ugly head more than enough and is taking a stand against it all. Check out the track below and support dope music in all its forms.