Eager to make her mark on the music world after perfecting her craft for years behind the scenes, tmwrk records artist Prado shares STRIP, a double-single featuring new songs “STEPHEN” and “DRIP.” Fusing elements of pop, rap, R&B, shoegaze, and electronic music into an invigorating cocktail, the new single bursts with inventive melodic and sonic ideas, complete with incisive lyrics, purpose-built for Instagram captions.
The new single “STEPHEN” supports Prado’s feather-light vocals with ghostly vocal samples and heavy synth sounds. Tired of worrying about what people think about her, Prado uses “STEPHEN” to upend dainty stereotypes about feminine behavior, as she resolves to stop acting “sweet” and say what’s really on her mind: “I don’t give a f*ck if you like me, Stephen,” says Prado to the song’s titular character.
Directed by Lester Lyons-Hookham, the new video for “STEPHEN” begins in the forest, as Prado quietly reflects on her past. As the sampled sound of an assault rifle heralds the beat drop, Prado quickly turns defiant, brandishing her manicured nails before doing donuts in a BMW with her girls.
The second single “DRIP”, draws its power from Prado’s infectious attitude and expert songwriting. Kicking off with airy guitar, detuned electric keys, and Prado’s angelic falsetto, “DRIP” quickly reveals itself to be a bad b*tch anthem, filled with mantra-like pronouncements that double as advice for living a confident and care-free life: “Boss b*tch, drip down, got rich, early morning, I am that b*tch.”
Prado says: “‘STEPHEN’ and ‘DRIP’ hand in hand are the thesis statements to my life. I’m a mouthy person and I think girls are expected to be perfect when in reality it’s like yes, perfection in powerful ways and not the ways you might expect or deem acceptable. Dudes like Stephen just have to get used to it. The whole energy put into the creation of the track was chaotic and heartfelt with me and the girls in ways that I feel only feminine entities will be able to understand. There are many ways where ultimately Stephen is an outrageous banger bout a b*tch who hates Stephen and has a bomb p*ssy. I don’t even say ‘F*ck Stephen’ I said ‘I don’t give a f*ck if you like me, Stephen.’”
Using the pen name AlienKanye, Prado released a steady stream of energetic singles and EPs on SoundCloud, and wrote songs for artists across the genre spectrum. Now signed to tmwrk records, Prado is ready to show the world the full breadth of her talents and re-shape the pop charts in her own image.