Tunde Olaniran teams up with Detroit artist Ellen Rutt for "I'm Here" video

Aug 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm
click to enlarge "I'm Here" - Courtesy still provided by artist
Courtesy still provided by artist
"I'm Here"

There can only be one Tunde Olaniran and he has graced us with what will easily become your new pull-up with the squad jam.

The magic of Olaniran is undeniably present in the uplifting self-described "technicolor kingdom" of "I'm Here" crafted in collaboration with Detroit-based international muralist Ellen Rutt.

Olaniran refers to the making of "I'm Here" as an "intense labor of love." He says nearly everything on-screen was created by hand by a Flint or Detroit artist — down to the completely charming outfits created by dressmaker Karen Vickers, made with "hideous" stretch-fleece purchased from a Flint JOANN Fabric.

"I'm Here" marks the second 2018 release for the artist following April's "Vulnerable" — both of which are slated to appear on his forthcoming record Stranger.

Directed by Andrew Miller and Olaniran, the song chronicles the dizziness of tour life and the disorientation that comes with returning to his hometown. The video, which is ultimately a playful and interactive 3D mural was invented to embody non-city specific elements so that anyone could envision themselves there.

Though Olaniran is known for his deeply rich narratives within dance and R&B stylings, "I'm Here" grants permission to be silly.

"One of my favorite moments was filming Ellen Rutt's cameo," he says. "We snuck it in towards the end and I die laughing every time I see it."

Watch the video below.

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