On the high of the 12 months, Likelihood the Rapper gave the impression to be having the time of his life in Accra, Ghana. On Instagram, he posted his treks across the metropolis and the woods, posed in entrance of unimaginable structure, and even sat down with the nation’s president. “I’ve a lot to share with you, brothers and sisters,” he wrote in a single caption. Likelihood has now launched a single born of this formative journey — one which’s as a lot an expertise as it’s a tune.
“Little one of God,” that includes Ghanaian-American singer Moses Sumney, is the rapper’s first launch as a lead artist of 2022. Little one of God additionally exists by way of March 29 as an artwork exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Up to date Artwork. The Gabonese visible artist Naïla Opiangah, who Likelihood met in Accra, created an 6’x11’ tall portray — an intricate net of Black ladies’s nude our bodies, as is her signature — impressed by the experiences of and conversations between she and Likelihood.
The “Little one of God” music video depicts the symbiotic creation of Opiangah’s portray and Likelihood’s tune, because the pair work in ethereal, open house within the rapper’s multipurpose studio, Home of Kicks. Opiangah’s canvas towers in direction of the excessive ceilings as Likelihood raps with Biblical imagery and private verve.
Whereas it looks as if Likelihood’s youngsters of God may be of any age, meditations on youth — a outstanding theme of Likelihood’s work — shine by way of the second verse. “At each nook retailer, bodega, delicatessen, stands a big-head child studying delicate classes,” he raps. “Half-sized, chastised dolls with glass eyes, talked down, tossed down, the world simply go by.” The rapper turns into emboldened when he lists the ability these younger individuals develop as they do.
“This tune is about confidence, objective and course of,” Likelihood wrote on Instagram some hours earlier than its launch. Sounding reinvigorated on “Little one of God,” he appears to be leaning into all three.