Premiere: Lili K Channels the 1960s in “Tommy” Video

For the last four years, Lili K‘s jazzy voice has become the heart of Chicago’s booming hip-hop scene. Her role as the go to collaborator for the town’s local rappers has allowed her to perform back up for Chance The Rapper during a mesmerizing closing perform at Lollapalooza last year. After building a name in the local hip-hop, jazz, and neo-soul communities, Lili K is now ready of branch out as a solo artist. We’re pleased to premiere the official video for “Tommy,” the lead single from her debut full-length album, Ruby, which will be self-produced and released through Freshly Bkd Records on April 21st.

Before buzzy Chicago based singers like Jean Deaux, Noname Gypsy, Via Rosa, Eryn Allen Kane, and even Tink jumped on the scene, Lili K was the special voice that Tree, The GTW, Rockie Fresh and The O’Mys! requested. Lili successfully built a name for herself without forsaking her jazz sensibilities. Her three EPs, My Favorite Things, Metal Petals, A Prelude to Hello, were produced by Peter Cottontail and showcase a strong appreciation of artists like D’Angelo, Rachelle Ferrell, Ella Fitzgerald, Musiq Soulchild, and Robert Glasper.

In her lighthearted 1960s’ style music video for “Tommy,” Lili K is seen stalking a man who catches her eye. Back up singers pop out behind trees, couples croon in the library, and the Addison Wright and J. Frank-directed video transports the viewer into a classic Hairspray-style musical experience. The lead single reflects the timeless appeal that is associated with live instrumentation. For her debut album, Lili K decided to produce her own project for the first time and the care is heard in every note. Her elaborate approach proves that she’s not a dime a dozen blue eyed soul singer but the next big voice that has the technical skill to win over the hearts of the hip-hop, jazz and soul world.

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