Rihanna has unveiled the official music video for “Lift Me Up,” which is taken from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.
Rihanna’s return to music is an emotional one. After fans were able to sit with the new melancholic ballad, “Lift Me Up,” for a bit, the Fenty entrepreneur released its accompanying visual on Friday (Oct. 28).
The Autumn Durald Arkapaw-directed video focuses on Rih, isolated on a beach with a bonfire burning, as she speaks of needing guidance from an intangible source. “Burning in a hopeless dream/ Hold me when you go to sleep/ Keep me in the warmth of your love/ When you depart, keep me safe/ Safe and sound,” she sings with the waves crashing ashore around her.
“Lift Me Up” was written in tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular role in the first Black Panther movie. It was penned by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler, and is the lead track from the OST Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From And Inspired By. The album will be released on November 4 via Roc Nation Records/Def Jam Recordings/Hollywood Records.
The upcoming sequel, which arrives on November 11 and marks one of the film events of the year, will find Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fighting to protect their nation from intervening world powers