“How Many Times” is the latest visual release from Born I, following the successful release of his single and video “In This Moment”.
“How Many Times” is an visual meditation on the cycle of rebirth and reincarnation. Using color and emotion to tell his story, the video features Born I moving through life and death, crossing into the afterlife with the grim reaper, meditating with deities and rapping in a Buddhist temple. The video also features Born’s wife Ayanna and their daughter Sati, helping Born navigate between worlds. The song, produced by DaRC, provides a haunted, bass heavy soundtrack to the rich visuals, beautifully shot by Jeff Ray and directed by Roy Leschiner.
Some words from Born I: "I’ve been thinking a lot about death and rebirth and this song is a reflection of that. But I’ve also been thinking about how death and rebirth happen within this very life. How many times am I going to make the same mistakes, how many times am I going to fall down and get back up, how many times have I’ve been held up and supported by my family and friends? It’s really a reflection on how life, death and rebirth can happen right now and also what it might mean to die and be born again inwardly and outwardly."
Check out the video and stream the album below.
“You Are Enough” - This is the mantra of Ghanaian-American rapper and vocalist Born I. Hailing from the Washington DC area, Born I is known as a lyricist who can move seamlessly through genres, while maintaining his potent lyrical ability and positivity. His influences include Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Nas and Kanye West.
In 2020 Born I released and EDM/hip hop album “11:11”. He followed this with his solo hip hop album “In This Moment” in 2021. A visual album for "In This Moment" is currently in production.
Born I is also an experienced meditation practitioner and teacher. He is the male voice on the popular meditation app Balance, and he has led mindfulness retreats across the country, using his music as a method of teaching. He sees himself as a “mindful artist” and describes his music as “Trap Music for Meditators.”
In 2021 Born I launched his label YAE (You Are Enough).
“I want to create music and experiences for people to understand that its ok to be who you are. You are enough.” - Born I
“Born I gives us a shot of inspiration right when we all could use it.”- Lion’s Roar Magazine
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