Laganja Estranja is something a Renaissance drag queen, taking her dance moves to So You Think You Can Dance earlier this year. Now, the Drag Race alum is venturing into club-rap anthems with a purpose.
The drag queen unveiled her debut EP Exhibit A yesterday (Sept. 3), and with it, also released the attention-grabbing, socially conscious video for the EP’s lead single “Look at Me.”
Directed by Assaad Yacoub, the club-ready tune is packaged into a short film that tackles discriminatory drug laws, racial priling, and white privilege, as her boyfriend is targeted by the police in a parked car. All the while, Estranja turns the courtroom into a dance studio, squeezing her range talents into the hyperactive, neon-hued clip. It’s worth watching until the very end, as grim statistics on low-level drug crimes and disproportionate incarcerations for African-American and Latino people are put on display.
“It is my belief as an artist, my music and message should always be progressing us as a society,” she writes to Billboard. "I want you to ‘look at me’, but only so I can better the community with my platform!"