Kehlani has shared the music video fo “Can I.” The video, directed by Sebastian Sdaigui and Hyphy Williams, is an “ode to sex work, honoring sex workers, uplifting their movement,” Kehlani tweeted. The visual ends with a message from Kehlani’s friend Da’Shaun Harrison about sex work. Find Harrison’s message and watch the “Can I” video below.
“Can I” is on Kehlani’s new album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. On the album, the song features a guest appearance from Tory Lanez. Kehlani has indicated that she will be removing Tory Lanez’s verse from “Can I” when she releases a deluxe version of It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.
Tory Lanez’s verse is featured in the “Can I” video, but he does not appear in the visual. The Canadian artist was recently arrested in Los Angeles for having a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Megan Thee Stallion was reportedly at the scene of the arrest and has said she suffered gunshot wounds that same night.
Pitchfork has reached out to Kehlani and Tory Lanez’s respective representatives for comment and more information.
SEX WORK is a political term that covers and embraces: street-level
prostitution, erotic dancing, camera work, adult film, agency
escorting, sensual messages, dominatrix work, and all other
occupations through which one sells their sexual(-ized) services to
clients. It is a legitimate form of labor that must be decriminalized
so as to function as a safe form of work for all sex workers. It is
often the lives and livelihoods of those who do street-level work that
is impacted by criminalizing policies and cultural stigmatization.
Overwhelmingly, those folks are Black trans women, Black cisgender
women, and other Black queer and trans people—including youth. Black
people—as well as Indigenous people and other people of color—deserve
to be able to perform sex work without any limitations or stigmas
attached, and this means that everyone must commit to learning from
sex workers about sex work and sex workers’ needs.