Listen to Ray BLK’s powerful new track ‘Dark Skinned’

"This song is for those the world keeps saying no to"

Ray BLK has shared a new track called ‘Dark Skinned’ – you can listen to it below.

The powerful single is expected to feature on the London singer-songwriter’s forthcoming debut album, which will follow on from her eight-track ‘Empress’ project (released in 2018).

Explaining the meaning behind ‘Dark Skinned’ on Twitter upon its arrival, Ray BLK wrote: “This song is for the underrepresented, the over plagiarised and uncredited. This song is for those the world keeps saying no to. Never stop saying YES to yourself!”

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A previous tweet promoting new the track read: “It’s a privilege to be black.” You can see both posts below.

‘Dark Skinned’ follows Ray BLK’s Giggs-featuring single ‘Games’, which came out in March. Her previous track ‘Lovesick’, described as a “revenge song” by the singer, was released in October 2020.

Further details on Ray’s debut studio effort – including a title, tracklist and release date – are still under wraps, although a recent NME cover feature revealed it would present “a moodier, more unruly version of the artist”.

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“People expected me to drop an album instantly because that’s what people usually do,” Ray BLK told NME. “That’s what’s expected. So, to be honest, I broke the rules by not doing that.

“I felt influenced to make this sort of acoustic, instrumentalist-style album. But now, in 2021, I’m in a completely different space. I just wanted to make the music that I actually listened to.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ray BLK spoke out about her frustrations over dealing with a “sizeist, ageist, racist, homophobic” music industry.

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