We're approaching the first anniversary of the release of Sankofa, the stellar sophomore album by Stokley, in September. To herald that upcoming occasion, Stokley has decided to release one of the standout tracks from the project, the sensual number "Cafe" featuring rapper Wale, as his latest single and drop a music video.
Stokley produced "Cafe," and co-wrote it with songwriting duo Shakespeare! (Tredessa Willis and Trevon Trapper). Despite its title and references to coffee, "Cafe" is Stokley's love letter to the lady who lights his fire and whose love is good to the last drop.
He likens the feelings she gives him to the brewed beverage, but the coffee he sings about is more like the kind of coffee that the Marvel character Luke Cage indulges in (IYKYK). "You know that coffee in the morning does me right / Gon' wake me up, need a pick me up / Gotta fill it up, love it when you / Give me coffee in the morning," he sings, passion dripping from his every word.
Director Josh Sikkema is behind the camera for "Cafe," which, of course, begins in a cafe. Stokley enters the coffee shop where he's greeted by singer and content creator Nathan Davis, Jr. singing along to Mint Condition's classic "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)." Davis was one of the many TikTokers to help the Breakin' My Heart Challenge go viral late last year. They dap each other up and exchange some light banter before Stokley buys them coffee.
After that skit, the action really starts, and we watch Stokley in a few different scenarios. We see him singing in his bedroom, performing on a darkened soundstage, playing the role of creative director at a photo shoot showcasing Black women's beauty and recording in the studio. Throughout the clip, Stokley is looking fine as wine and is so entertaining to watch that you'll barely miss Wale's absence from the visual.
"Cafe" recently debuted as the No. 1 most added song on R&B radio, which should come as no surprise. It was love at first listen when we heard the song last year, so it's good to see "Cafe" getting an official release and the long overdue recognition it deserves.
Pour yourself a cup of joe, and settle in to watch the visual for Stokley and Wale's "Cafe" below.