“My soul is blacker than the Congo. My girlfriend blacker than Nyong’o.”
Headed by lyricist The Poet, Havi and producer Spekulate the Philosopher, Studio 88 is multi-headed hydra. Together, the group crafts a gripping, black and white video for ‘Shea Butter (Heart of Darkness).’ Directed by Josh Cannon and Nate Packard and produced by StudioOneFourThree, ‘Shea Butter’ is a full on motion picture. Inspired by the Robert De Niro classic film ‘Raging Bull’ the video features an exciting tale of emcee The Poet, Havi locked in the boxing ring combating a towering opponent.
The song in itself, is a rousing celebration of black women and black love. Havi impresses lyrically, as he floats over the tribal drums with a brash, yet flexible flow that warps with every verse. Spekulate deftly blends the sound of the conga drums with hard-hitting 808s to make a truly electric track. ‘Shea Butter’ is the jam for the boo and the perfect end to the summer as we approach cuffing season.