New York native rapper Leaf drops her next single / video off her upcoming project “IS IT YOU.” Raised in New York City, Leaf, a self-proclaimed multihyphenate, not only models and raps, but is a true artist. Now 24, she has only built on what she started as a young phenom. Leaf has continued writing and producing her own music, directing and editing her own videos, and even designing her own MBM (Magnetic Bitch Movement) clothing line.
“Is It You” is about getting what you want from men / owning your sexuality. Leaf playfully has dinner with her friends at a Chinese restaurant in NYC while they chat about dating which later turns into a dance party and she even gets some advice from an older woman having dinner at the same restaurant “No check, No number”. Both the song and video are very energetic and makes one want to stand up and start dancing as the hook goes, “Is it you, I just wanna know is it you.”
Later on rapper Dave East makes a cameo as Leaf’s love interest at the end of the night where Leaf meets up with him after her girls’ night. With everyone in quarantine this is a song that can help ease anxiety and help other manifest their dream bae.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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