Kehlani is giving props to women in her latest music video for her song “Can I.” The R&B singer addressed the visual online by tweeting that it is an “ode to sex work, honoring sex workers [and] uplifting their movement.” In the video, Kehlani is seen sitting in front of a laptop while watching sex workers, Black queer and trans people strutting for the camera. A message by Kehlani’s friend and activist Da’Shaun Harrison is shown at the very end of the video.
“It is a legitimate form of labor that must be decriminalized so as to function as a safe form of work for all sex workers. It is often the lives and livelihoods of those who do street-level work that is impacted by criminalizing policies and cultural stigmatization.”
The track is from Kehlani’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t album and although it does feature Canadian singer Tory Lanez, he does not appear in the video. In light of the controversy surrounding Megan Thee Stallion and the shooting incident, Kehlani explained that a new verse will be available on the deluxe edition of her album.
“Full transparency, [because] I believe in that with my following, his verse is still on the song, the video is solo. new verse on the deluxe,” she tweeted. “The album came out months ago I can’t remove it; [it] doesn’t work like that. [I] can only move forward.”
Watch “Can I” below.