Winner of BBC Music Sound of 2017 (the only unsigned artist to ever win this prestigious award) and MOBO nominated RAY BLK, follows her hard-hitting debut Island single "Run Run" with the release of the equally powerful "Empress", an ode to black girls glorifying their inner "black girl magic". In an industry that doesn't always allow for that, "Empress", an empowering anthem, is an equally glorious R&B pop thrill. "I want women to see themselves as queens" says Blk. 
Directed by award winning Geej Ower, best known for her work on the acclaimed BBC documentary  'The Poets Will Be Heard', the striking video, shot at London's Charing Cross Theatre, features special guest appearances from Maya Jama, Julie Adenuga and some of Ray's closest friends.

"Tackling social neglect amidst rising youth violence on London's streets, video director Tom Green masterfully captures the many sides of the story in just under four minutes, as Ray BLK soulfully cries out from her heart on the song."

Complex on "Run Run" 

"The track itself is a steady, R&B anthem, with RAY's emotive vocal making it twice as visceral. The whole thing only clocks up to 3:33, but it hits hard nonetheless." 

Noisey on "Run Run" 

"The multi-talented act delivers a touching piece on the record as she tackles the universal issue of urban crime. Ripping a page from her personal experience, she takes the listener deep into the grime with her emotional lyrics and angelic vocals over an anthemic soundscape."   Earmilk on "Run Run"

"her playful lyrics shade the specifics of south London life with precision and 

sardonic wit ... "   


"unassuming, uncompromising."   


"A powerful new force in music" ELLE

RAY BLK DROPS NEW SINGLE, "EMPRESS" - .@RayBLK_ RAY BLK DROPS NEW SINGLE, "EMPRESS" - .@RayBLK_ Reviewed by FADED4U on September 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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