September 28, 2023

VIBE contributor Naima Cochrane once said that any song about food is probably about drugs or sex. As John Legend sings “A million of kingdoms will fall/ So many crowns will be lost/ All for a taste, I will pay any cost,” it’s safe to assume his sultry collaboration with Muni Long speaks to the latter.

In the Christian Breslauer-directed visual, Legend seemingly wakes up in a daze trying to unpack the events of the night before—where his “Dope” visual left off—while also realizing there are bees swarming and honey dripping from a portrait of Long on the wall as though someone summoned the Candyman. Much to his relief, it’s the lady of the hour behind a wall of honeycomb, soaking in a tub of the natural healer. “Don’t you love that golden glisten/ When you put your fingers in this?” she teases as he watches her.

Unlike what some may predict, the melody is more uptempo than ballad, serving as a fun soundtrack to the buildup of foreplay. “Honey” will appear on Legend’s eighth studio album that’ll also have features by Jazmine Sullivan, Jhené Aiko, Ty Dolla $ign, Rapsody, and Rick Ross.

Meanwhile, Long just released her follow-up EP, Public Displays of Affection Too, with the summertime bop, “Baby Boo” featuring Saweetie, and urban radio hit, “Another.”

Watch the full “Honey” visual above.

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