Kehlani is back with the visual for her track “Butterfly.” The song comes from her latest album While We Wait. It is the third song on the album to receive a music video adaptation following “Nights Like This” and “Nunya” which featured Ty Dolla $ign and Dom Kennedy respectively.
The video for “Butterfly,” inspired by the metamorphosis of a butterfly, features Kehlani in stunning butterfly themed makeup and body paint circled in an orb, which is used to represent her chrysalis. Dancers move around her enclosure, and hands can be seen pressing against the elastic material. When Kehlani emerges as a butterfly, the beautiful and vivid art on her face and body can be seen more clearly. Kehlani’s pregnant belly adds a layer of majesty to the scene, as she showcases it covered in blue and gold paints.
The video was directed by Trey Lyons, a newcomer on the directing scene. She also called on the students and faculty of her former school Oakland School for the Arts. The students, with the assistance of the dance teacher Mr. Savage and the production designs teacher Jean Francois Revon, created the scene and the choreography for the video in just three days. The two dancers in the video, twins Munir and Musa Omar, are 14-year old attendees of the school. Kehlani has this to say in regards to the video’s production:
“Thank you Oakland School for the Arts for cultivating such a beautiful community, and teaching me so much of what I use today in my career. Directed by the youngest director I’ve ever worked with @treylyons, thank you for bringing my vision to life.”
Check out the captivating video for Kehlani’s track “Butterfly” here!