Nikki Glaspie Firing On All Cylinders with Release of New Song & Video “Sinister”
Nikki Glaspie is a force to be reckoned with. The critically acclaimed powerhouse drummer and founder of The Nth Power has stepped out on her own, laying it on the line with her first solo project “Sinister,” a new single and music video featuring producer/educator/DJ Raydar Ellis.
The fearsome video and song are the first glimpses of what to expect from The iPhone Sessions, a soon-to-be-released collection of tunes shot entirely on Glaspie’s iPhone. In this Sam Radutzky-directed video, Glaspie and Raydar Ellis, her close friend whose extensive resume includes work with Grammy award-winning artists Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper, use the streets of Harlem to set the tone. “Sinister” takes aim at the commander-in-chief but spares no one as she scorches all the powers that be in a scathing takedown of failed politicians.
“This side, that side, I only know one side / The side of the truth, this is where our hope lies,” Glaspie raps. “Red and blue a tough pill to swallow, let alone to taste / Impossible situation presented to the people / Now do your very best to pick the lesser of the evils.”
“Sinister” is another notch on the belt of an acclaimed musician whose long list of accomplishments includes stints with Maceo Parker; SUGA MAMA, Beyonce’s all-female backup band; and Late Night With Seth Myers, where she is a regular guest drummer. A tireless performer and road warrior, Glaspie’s gigs came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not one to sit still, she got to work on The iPhone Sessions, which were inspired by her work as an advisory board member and volunteer at Harold Robinson Foundation. The foundation seeks to counter social and economic disparities in South L.A. and builds bridges between diverse student groups through the transformative power of outdoor camps and music experiences.
“I wanted to find a way to teach kids that they could be creative with their cell phoneS,” said Glaspie in a statement. “Most kids don’t have access to computers or studios, but they do own smart phones. At the foundation, we focus on presenting them with positive outlets to express their anger, depression, sadness, grief or anything they might be going through. These kids are surrounded by violence, drugs, alcohol, abuse, and gang activity. We hope to provide positive reinforcement. So I started making beats on my phone to show them it was possible to make music with what you have.”
Check out the video for “Sinister” featuring Raydar Ellis below.
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