directed by TOCK + Topshelf Junior
written and performed by Jhené Aiko
“A mysterious, time traveling medicine woman has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble.
The men have neglected the women and deprived them of love. By orders of their chief, the men of the tribe have taken away the women’s hearts and voices.
The women are powerless. The children are suffering.
The medicine woman travels for many days to reach the primitive village.
Upon her arrival, the medicine woman performs a miracle. She instantly restores the grace of the women of the tribe and gives them their voices back.
The men of this early tribe are not pleased.
With the men of the tribe’s attention, the medicine woman and the women of the tribe begin a ceremony in which they tell the story of how they are taking their voices back.
The chief is infuriated.
The medicine woman leaves the now capable women to conduct a private ceremony for the chief.
The chief is intrigued and frightened.
What he thinks will be a sexual experience turns out to be something very different.
After the ritual is performed, the medicine woman passes on her apocalyptic prophecy of how the world will end due to the lack of love throughout humanity.
The chief experiences ego death. He sees that it starts with him.”
- Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko delivered her debut record Souled Out a year ago, but she's still putting some push behind it with a new clip for album cut "Lyin King."
The video stars Aiko as a medicine woman, who visits with an early civilization where the women have been stripped of their voices by their king. Suffering from lack of freedom and love, the women eventually learn to express themselves and come together to teach the manipulative title figure a lesson.
It's an intricately woven tale with a strong message and you can watch it unfold for yourself in the player above.