British singer-songwriter/producer Blood Orange paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night (Aug. 16) and gave a soulful performance of his latest single “Chewing Gum” off of his upcoming album Negro Swan. The singer, wearing a simple graphic white shirt with the word “Negro” airbrushed on it, took to the stage surrounded by an entourage and a bold light display, then busted out smooth and trippy intro beats from his sampler before launching into the song.
Blood Orange’s voice, like his beats, is smooth and mellow, contrasting with the insightful message of the song. With poignant lyrics like, “Facing yourself and wasting yourself in the name of truth, but what’s truth?,” the singer adds to the already thought provoking performance. Halfway through the performance rapper A$AP Rocky made the scene wearing a matching t-shirt and waving his signature bandana. Rocky dropped his verses over Orange’s mellow beats and added a new dynamic to the song with his flawless flow and clever bars.
Check out the Blood Orange’s full performance of “Chewing Gum” below: