The young Richmond, Virginia artist McKinley Dixon just released the video for the single “Make A Poet Black” which is off the forthcoming For My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like Her (Spacebomb Records), which is set for release on May 7, 2021. The video was directed by Jordan Rodericks and the introspective song takes a deep look within Dixon’s own psyche as Roderick translates the music seamlessly with thought-provoking visuals.
Of the video, Dixon explains, “The creation of the song ‘make a poet Black’ was at a pivotal moment, not only in my musical timeline but my life. I was achieving a lot of milestones in the same week I lost someone integral to my childhood. The accumulation of stories involved this person and when they passed, I questioned the validity of my memories. I went through a sort of an impostor syndrome and had a lot of uncomfortable moments with myself. This resulted in a song that challenged who I was, challenged my intentions, and created this narrative of me chasing a version of myself that I lost. ‘make a poet Black’ is the result of me questioning: what about trauma forces a Black person to feel the need to create?”