2016 is poised to be the breakout year singer/songwriter Justina Valentine has been fighting for her entire career. Widely considered to be New Jersey’s best-kept secret, the consistently-fresh hip-hop and soul infused artist is regularly spotlighted across the urban musical landscape as a result of her unparalleled passion, prolific body of work and frequent co-signs/collabos with an ever-growing list of rap game heavyweights including Fetty Wap, Futuristic, Infamous, Pyrmds and Peoples (to highlight a few). In other words, she’s become an undeniable mainstay in the underground music world. With a gritty and diverse list of musical influences that include Lil Kim, Tupac, Eminem, The Beatles and even her own father, a vocalist and musician, Justina has sharpened her craft and officially developed into an entertainer that can’t be ignored. Following the success of her 2014 Red Velvet Mixtape, she’s back with a stirring music video for “Muse,” arguably her most powerful single to date, and it’s off her highly anticipated new album Scarlet Letter.
“Muse” is a sexy, slow-burning R&B banger that stirs up all kinds of risqué/provocative emotions and will undoubtedly satisfy diehard fans in addition to making countless new ones. Think Nicki Minaj meets Frank Ocean – naughty yet sophisticated. The Shy Boogs-produced track is a stunner so enticing it’s downright hypnotic and Justina bears her soul on it, opening up and revealing her inner thoughts on a man who she’s fallen hard for. She’s hooked and she knows it – there’s no turning back. The song is a modern masterpiece and the Ronald Reid-directed music video manages to match its beauty with exquisite cinematography and lustful shots of Justina who portrays a gorgeous mannequin come to life. It’s a wild concept perfectly executed.