On Apr. 6th, Drake released his newest song, “Nice For What.” The song was accompanied by a music video by Karena Evans that featured empowering shots of women—women dancing, standing up for themselves in work atmospheres with men, taking care of children, doing schoolwork, and powerful shots applying makeup.
The female actresses in the film are also famous celebrities. The full list is Olivia Wilde, Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Jourdan Dunn, Tracee Eliss Ross, Tifanny Haddish, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjarta, Letitia Wright, Bria Vinaite, Emma Roberts, Syd, and Michelle Rodriguez.
Both the message and the song work together as a total message of empowerment for both women and men. Though the video primarily features strong women, the lyrics could apply to anyone, and encourage the listener to be strong. The title “Nice for What,” even implies a strong attitude—telling people they don’t have to be nice to anyone, but instead look inside themselves for power: “It’s a short life,” “And you showin’ off, but it’s alright.”
The message that Karena Evans sent with the “Nice for What” video is additionally relevant to the state of the world today, encouraging women to stop just being nice, and fight for themselves instead. Though the song is nonetheless sung by male artist Drake, the video adaptation of the song definitely works to inspire women to push back—they don’t have to be nice for nothing.