In July, Somalian-born, Canadian-based rapper K’NAAN — who learned to speak English by listening to Nas and was inspired to make music by Bob Marley — will release his highly anticipated third album, Country, God, or the Girl. His last record, Troubadour, featured the worldwide smash “Wavin’ Flag,” which charted in Canada, the UK, Spain, and countries all over the world.
Today, we reveal to you the artwork for the album’s single, “Hurt Me Tomorrow,” a song about “putting yourself at the mercy of someone else’s love,” according to the rapper himself. The track, like so much of K’NAAN’s previous work, has no interest in the bravado that dominates much of the music industry today — “Hurt Me Tomorrow” is humane and detailed, vulnerable in a way that’s all too relatable. Oh…it’s also really good.
The “Hurt Me Tomorrow” single is on iTunes now, and you can see K’NAAN perform it TONIGHT on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 p.m. EST). Believe me, I wouldn’t tell you to watch Leno unless it was truly worth it.