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Empire’s Serayah throws it back to the ’90s for new single & video Driving Me


Michael Lavine/FOXEmpire actress and singer Serayah‘s brand new single is called “Driving Me,” and she tells ABC Radio that the song is actually about “someone driving you crazy in a relationship and…kind of getting over it, in a good way, and being OK with the end of it.”  

“I love it for that reason, because as much as someone’s doing you wrong, you still have power in the situation,” she explains.  

Rapper Jazze Phas vocals are also heard on “Driving Me” and Serayah explains that they both “had so much fun in the studio.”

She adds, “We were just throwing out words and we brought back [the expression] ‘tenderoni.’ That used to be a phrase in the ’90s and we brought that back, so I’m excited to create and to be innovative and have the space to do so.”

In case you’re unfamiliar, the expression “tenderoni” was made famous by the 1988 Bobby Brown solo single “Roni.”

The music video for “Driving Me” is also heavily influenced by the ’90’s and, while Serayah loves “what’s going on right now” in terms of the current music scene, she says she wanted her first-ever music video to reflect the creative direction and style of videos from the era and artists who inspired her growing up.   

Janet [Jackson]Busta RhymesMissy Elliot. [Their videos from the ’90s were] very out of the box and they had fun. I remember the feeling I got watching that and wanting to be those people,” she says. 

You can stream or download “Driving Me” now from the usual digital platforms. The music video for the song is coming soon, while the fourth season of Empire premieres September 27.  

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