Photo Credit: Hana Saddiqi (@safu.jibu.miku)
By Alissa Arunarsirakul // August 9, 2022
At just 15 years old, Safiyah Hernandez has the star quality of household names that sell out stadium tours. With parents from South Asia and Mexico, Hernandez channels both cultures into her music as she explores exactly who she is. Not afraid to speak up about what’s important, Hernandez has unleashed her refreshingly brilliant new single, “Skateboard.”
Using music as a way to work through impending chaos, Hernandez penned “Skateboard” at one of the most stressful times of her life. Layered with edgy bass lines and self-assured vocals, “Skateboard” is exactly why Hernandez is a force to be reckoned with. More than anything, we hope you blast this invigorating track the next time you find yourself blowing off steam at the skatepark.
On “Skateboard,” Safiyah Hernandez reflected,
“I wrote ‘Skateboard’ with my producer Stari during a difficult period of time. I was skating a lot and music was a way to clear my head. I was going on drives with my dad and he was playing all his favorite 80’s hip hop albums. It was East Coast stuff like A Tribe Called Quest and KRS-One. I felt a release of all this negative energy whenever I heard this music or skated and that’s what influenced the creation of this song.”