He’s back. Lenny Kravitz has released a video for the second single to drop from his up-coming album Raise Vibration. The track is called “Low” and the album will be released on September 7th.
Interestingly, the new single features the voice of the late great, Michael Jackson. Kravitz took the sample from the recordings they made together whilst working on their song “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day.”
Kravitz told the press recently: “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, you’re doing that Michael Jackson impersonation,’” explaining: “No, that’s him. He’s the person who made it happen for me. He loved working together. He asked me to push him. I did.”
When it comes to his career, Kravitz said: “People love a box. And they want to put you right in it, so they can easily define, for their own comfort, what you are,” adding: . “I’ve been fighting against that from day one in my life, and in my musical life. Like with radio stations, this one only plays this, and that one only plays that. This fits here, and that fits there, and you don’t fit here. It’s like, ‘Shit! That’s not what art is about!’ But, unfortunately, that’s not what the business is, which is very frustrating.”
Being put into a box, or category, Kravitz explained that he first experienced this at school. “I knew I was black, but I knew that wasn’t all I was,” he explained. “I knew I was also Russian Jewish, and I knew that my great grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee Indian. My mother always taught me, ‘Yes, you’re black, but you’re just as much this and you’re just as much that, and you don’t discount that.’ If you’re mixed, like me … you don’t discount one of your parents. You’re just as much one as the other.
“But what my mother did say to me when I was a child that I think was very smart, and I didn’t realize it until I got older, was, ‘Even though you’re mixed, society only wants to see you as black.’ I didn’t understand that at age seven.”
You can watch the video for “Low” below: