DeJ Loaf releases her new song ‘Liberated’ featuring Grammy-nominated label mate Leon Bridges. The title track from her forthcoming debut album finds DeJ confidently rapping over an uptempo beat, anchored by a hook from Leon Bridges, who sings in a higher register than audiences know him for. Listen to the song below.

Calling ‘Liberated’ her “favorite record of her career,” she’s also unveiled a colorful video that pairs DeJ and Leon with a mosaic of culture-movers from all walks of life. Artfully shot, it opens with personal testimonials inspired by the ‘Liberated’ theme of ‘what makes us different truly does set us free.’ Helmed by director Calmatic (who’s worked with Anderson Paak, Khalid, and others), ‘Liberated’ showcases DeJ’s and Leon’s empowering chemistry as it movingly captures a variety of people bopping to the song’s themes of liberation and joy.

The song’s universal message makes it clear that DeJ is calling upon all her fans to celebrate with her: ‘If you feel free, you should lift your hands.’ The track was produced by Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Ricky Reed (Meghan Trainor, DJ Snake, Jason Derulo), and written with Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes, 5 Seconds Of Summer, One Direction).

DeJ has also launched a compelling content hub that embodies the song’s all-inclusive aesthetic and offers a playlist curated by DeJ and Leon, Sounds of Liberated People. The content hub features the definition of the word liberated in multiple languages and testimonial videos from people championing the theme, including cast members from the clip all answering the question: What Does the Word Liberated Mean To You? Fans will also be able to visit and contribute their own personal definitions.

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DeJ is hopeful the song will reach across all boundaries: “It is such a powerful, life-affirming song. ‘Liberated’ is about freeing yourself from negativity, doubt or anything that shackles you. It’s about feeling confident, proud and alive. That moment when you aren’t looking over your shoulder or worrying about what others are thinking. When you realize you are LIVING. Kick off your heels, let your hair down, turn the volume up, break out into dance, be free to be you! I want people to hear the song and feel fearless. The message is simple – just do it!”

DeJ has served up previous tracks from her upcoming debut album including the feisty “Big Ole Boss” produced by Atlanta production icon Zaytoven, and the melodic confessional “No Fear,” produced by Christoph Andersson, which cracked the Top Ten of Billboard’s Rhythmic Song chart.

The 27-year-old Detroit native has had a notable rise in the hip-hop world, bursting on to the scene with “Try Me” in 2014, now certified Gold. Other career successes quickly followed including her single “Back Up” being certified Platinum, garnering over 500 million streams combined, a MAC Cosmetics campaign, opening for Nicki Minaj on Minaj’s stadium Pink Print Tour, appearing as the breakout cover star on the 2015 XXL Freshman issue and nominations for multiple BET Awards including Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Best New Artist and the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award. DeJ recently performed both weekends of Coachella 2018.