Afrofuturism is an emerging movement consists of an aesthetic look, feel and sound that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentrism, magic realism and frequently non-Western cosmology to comment and critique the plight of people of color, as well as re-examining the historical events of the past that have shaped the culture of the African Diaspora. And as you can imagine artists of various disciplines have made seminal works in the movement including Parliament Funkadelic (think of their entire space mythology starting with Mothership Connection), sci-fi novelist Octavia Butler, Sun Ra, and countless others. 

In the case of the Flint, MI-based Tunde Olaniran, the Afrofuturism of George Clinton/Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun Ra but with slick, modern production — on “The Highway” off his Yung Archetype EP you’ll hear the glitchy synths, big, room rattling bass of modern pop and hip hop; however, Olaniran’s lyrics employ the use of an intense bit of playful wordplay and verbal gymnastics while making some pertinent sociopolitical commentary. 

The video has is darkly surreal and has Olaniran as a sort of vampire dancing with faceless dancers, and at times attacking victims and shot in such a way to emphasize the song’s glitchiness.