“Without Me” is a song by recording artist Fantasia featuring fellow singer Kelly Rowland and female rapper Missy Elliott. It serves as the second single from Fantasia’s fourth studio album, Side Effects of You (2013). Side Effects of You was released back in April 2013, by RCA Records after the disbanding of J Records in 2011. The album also features a guest appearance from Big K.R.I.T.. The album’s lead single, “Lose to Win“, premiered in December 2012, through Fantasia’s YouTube page. Upon its release, Side Effects of You received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its progression from Barrino’s earlier musical works.
“Side Effects of You” reflects a body of work that I call ‘Rock Soul,’ where I’m exploring a new and refreshing sound that reflects my vocal versatility and appreciation for international appeal,” said Fantasia. “I wrote a great deal of the new songs alongside some great producers and songwriters and 19/RCA has allowed me to artistically express myself the way I’ve wanted to for years. I hope everyone will enjoy this project and experience the ROCK SOUL NATION AND JOIN THE MOVEMENT!” Watch Fantasia’s new music video “Without Me” featuring the talented Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott after the jump…
Fantasia’s fourth album also features contributions from Andrea Martin, Emeli Sandé and Courtney Harrell. Back in April 2013, during a backstage interview at American Idol, Fantasia revealed the next single from Side Effects of You would be, “Without Me.” During an interview with You Know I Got Soul, Fantasia had also explained the songs background and what it means: “Honestly when we recorded “Without Me”, that was a night where we were in the studio. We weren’t working or planning on working, I just got a phone call and it pissed me off. I remember coming back into the studio and I said, “Harmony (Harmony Samuels) I need you give me some hood.” I took Al Sherrod’s hat. He’s another artist who worked with me. He’s a writer and producer. Shout out to Al Sherrod. I took his hat and I was like “Let’s get in the booth”. I got in there and came up with “Really gon’ make me expose you for exactly what you are.” That was my way of getting that rage and anger out and put it on the record.” I think it definitely gave her song power.
Synopsis: The concept of the music video begins with Fantasia portraying an executive seated at a table with two gentlemen whom are new-founded socialites whom have benefited from being in the circles of Fantasia. The music video includes scenes of an exotic car displaying lyrics of the song as well as the verses of song collaborators, Rowland and Elliott. The ladies look hot on screen with their fierce looks as Kelly wears a bodysuit, Fantasia flaunts her legs and Missy rocks a faux hawk.
When asked what “sparked her outrage,” during the song Fantasia had casually replied: “Exactly what I said in the song. ‘You stuntin’! Everything you doing, I put you on to that!’ So, you stuntin’, where would you be without me. Go ahead and get your shine time now, but it’s going to die soon because there is no talent. You are just stuntin’ because of me.” When collaborations for “Without Me” had been suggested, Fantasia immediately thought of Missy Elliott because the two were friends and knew Missy would “lyrically kill” the verse, which they both did.
Though in earlier reports Fantasia requested Missy Elliott to direct the video, Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold took on the role of directing. Fantasia expressed her praise for the directors via Twitter, happily telling fans: “My Baby is Finally Here!! Thank You Steven and Dennis for bringing my vision to Life.. It is everything I pictured in my Head. Im Proud of the woman I’ve become World.. My Dreams, My Art Tune… This 1 is really for the Kids #pow @kellyrowland and Missy I Love You!!” Fantasia wrote via Instagram. Kelly Rowland had also praised the directors, stating to Access Hollywood the following during a recent interview, “The directors captured Fantasia and myself in a video style that we’ve never done before.”
Fantasia pours her heart out in this 1920s reminiscent music video for “Lose to Win.” While tears stream down her face, a beautiful Tasia reflects on a relationship gone wrong. Her current boyfriend is seen cheating on her and also verbally abusing her, as the screen flashes back to happier times together. But when he tries to win her back, she finally gains enough strength and self-esteem to leave him for good and be happy.
Music critics had noted that its lyrical content is about the controversy surrounding Fantasia’s relationship with Antwaun Cook. that had caused a media frenzy and lots of drama in Fantasia’s life. “Lose to Win” is a mid-tempo R&B song that samples the Commodores‘ 1985 single, “Nightshift“. What do you think about Fantasia’s new vibe? What about her new music videos? Share your thoughts and comments below…