Singer, songwriter and reformed car humper Ciara continues to churn out new music. Over recent months, she won back audiences with her single “Level Up” and aroused our curiosity with its follow-up “Freak Me.” Now she’s trying to motivate us with a healthy “Dose” of Black Girl Magic.
“Dose” is an inspirational track that pushes you to get up when life gets you down. “I’m a groundbreaking woman / I get loud when I wanna / Put me down, I’ll go harder,” she exclaims. For “Dose,” Ciara teams up with Rodney Jerkins, who previously worked with the singer on her self-titled album, CIARA, back in 2013. The track itself sounds tailor-made for HBCU marching bands, with a sound bed of kettle drums, horns and handclaps complimented by synths, bass and guitar.
For the lyric video, Ciara pays homage to Black women. The clip starts with video footage of Olympic sprinter Wilma Rudolph. Then, as the lyrics dance across the screen, the image cuts to a picture of a matronly black woman caught in joyous rapture. From there we’re honored with black and white images of women young and old, past and present, famous or infamous but all amazing and talented. Even if the song isn’t quite your speed, all the images of black female excellence are an inspiring sight to behold.
Ciara is currently working on her seventh album, the follow-up to 2015’s Jackie, and she will soon join Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour this fall. Hit play and let us know if the latest “Dose” of Ciara is good for what ails ya.