RAY BLK Keeps It Real on New Single 'Doing Me': Exclusive

Charlotte Rutherford


RAY BLK is ready for the world to see the real her. After winning the BBC Sound of 2017 poll in January -- a distinction shared by the likes of Adele, Haim, and Sam Smith -- the London singer and rapper is wasting no time to showcase what sets herself apart from her esteemed alumni on her new single “Doing Me.”

“It's about being yourself no matter what and not caring about judgment,” BLK says. “People are going to judge you whether you do bad or good, so you have to do you, regardless.”

The meteoric rise for BLK -- the moniker for Nigerian-born, south London-raised Rita Ekwere -- hasn’t provided the vocalist with much time or space to explore her sound. However, she has shown no fear when it comes to publicly testing her ever-expanding bag of tricks.

While her first post-BBC single “Patience (Freestyle)” doubled down on the artist’s rap and R&B strengths, “Doing Me” marks the artist’s first major approach to an upbeat, pop song. It signals a larger sound -- akin to her feature on “The Apprentice,” from the latest Gorillaz album Humanz -- but still wields the raw, honest power of her past work.

As the first independent artist to top the annual BBC poll, RAY BLK has established herself as an artist completely confident in their own abilities. With “Doing Me,” she makes it clear that she’s prepared to let everyone else just accept it. Check out her latest single below.

“Doing Me” was produced by Jimmy Napes, whose past work has included Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige. RAY BLK will also be performing several shows in June, starting at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on June 11. Tour information can be found here.