TRACE Wants To Open Up A Dialogue With "Anxiety"

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The track helped her feel "less alone"

TRACE wants to use music to help others feel a little less alone, just as music once did the same for her. The L.A.-based singer-songwriter grew up surrounded by music—her mother is Vietnamese pop star, Carol Kim, who was once known as the "Tina Turner of Vietnam." But TRACE found a way to make a career that felt truly authentic to her life, not just her mother's influence. Today, TRACE shares her new single, "Anxiety," exclusively on NYLON.

On "Anxiety," TRACE explores her own experience through haunting lyrical presentation, waiting until just after the first verse to veer away from acoustics and set the mood. TRACE recognizes how pervasive her anxiety feels, singing on the chorus, "I know you've seen it all around, my anxiety/ It likes to strut and loves the sight oh, the sight of me/ Creeping through doors and under all my sheets/ I can never sleep, it worries me."

As the track came together, TRACE tells us, "I had a number of candid conversations with friends about their own anxiety in hopes to gain further insight about something so prevalent yet convoluted. Through these dialogues, I've felt less alone and a bit less hesitant in sharing this piece of myself."

She adds, "I have consequently gotten to know and better understand my own anxiety, and so I hope this song is maybe a way to invite a spark, a thought, a dialogue to anyone who feels the same. Or at least to make feelings valid, especially when they can seem impossible to grasp."

Stream "Anxiety," below.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.