“People” is the 2022 single from Cameroonian American singer Libianca released in December 2022 through K5 and Sony Music Entertainment.
The afrobeats track sees Libianca delve into her personal experiences with Cyclothymia – a mood disorder. Throughout the track, Libianca is extremely honest about her using struggling with her mental health, using alcohol as a crutch. She asks her friends in the track if they have checked on her, or noticed that something is wrong. Libianca opened up about the song’s meaning to the Rolling Stone:
“I had recorded that song during a time where I was at a low […] I was really struggling. Depressive symptoms, harmful thoughts, just trying to push myself through. During a Friendsgiving I was hosting a Friendsgiving at my house, eventually, I was like…I wasn’t feeling the vibes. I went to the bathroom, I cried, tried to pull myself together, and then I came back downstairs. And everyone’s like, “Oh, Libby, you want to take a shot of this Casa?” I’m like, “Yeah, sure, whatever.” So I take the shot. And then I’m just like, okay, you know what? […] So after I took that shot downstairs, I was like, all right, I got to go. So I just left. No one noticed that I left. I just left. I went upstairs to one of the studios and I was like, I have to record something […] I closed my eyes and it just came out really. I didn’t necessarily write it. It was exactly how I was feeling.”
The music video for the track was uploaded to Libianca’s YouTube channel on the 19th January 2023. As of the 4th April 2023, the video had a total of 47 million views.
Read the lyrics to “People” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.
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