Updated: May 30
Grammy-nominated singer, rapper, songwriter Kay Cola, who has collaborated with superstars Eminem, Charlie Wilson, and Jhene Aiko, released her fifth studio album “Lucid Dreams” and the “Good” music video on her birthday, May 7, on Lucid Dreams Music Group LLC / EMPIRE.
The 10-track album Includes production from Trackademicks, DJ Dahi, D Tonez, J White, Avenue Dave.
Kay also gets her grown and sexy on in the music video for “Good,” an ultra-funky electronic mood produced by D Tonez. In observing California’s COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order, Kay shot the video in her home. “We used a very small production crew of two people,” she says. “They wore masks and we practiced social distancing.”
“Good” is one of the 10 songs on “Lucid Dreams” that Kay wrote or co-wrote. The set features self-production (“Hopes N Dreams,” “Interstellar”) as well as contributions from Trackademicks (E-40, Mistah FAB, Kamaiyah), THX (Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Chris Brown), D Tonez, J White (Cardi B, Gucci Mane, Megan Thee Stallion), DJ Dahi (Drake, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar) and Avenue Dave (Lil Brother, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli). It also includes a special guest appearance from Kay Cola’s father, legendary, Grammy-nominated jazz flutist Hubert Laws, who has been sampled by and produced with or for J Cole, Jay, LL Cool J, and Mary J. Blige. Laws appears on one of the standout tracks, “DreamGirl,” a hypnotic, soulful, 1970s-styled ballad with congas and electric bass.
The “Lucid Dreams” album title explains Kay’s outlook on life. “Lucid dreaming means that you're awake during the dream and you're aware and so, therefore, you can manipulate the dream and change it if you want to. That's kinda like my philosophy for life,” she says. The concept is heard throughout the album. “A lot of the records are about love or the challenges or hardships that we go through as human beings,” she says. “So we have to learn how to be alchemists and change the outcomes of our lives because things are always going to be thrown at you and that's kinda how that relates to that.”