Depression is a bitch. Sitting in a position of where the only options are drugs to numb the pain or to just lose period is even more of a bitch. Lyric Michelle never has been an artist to keep things low. Everything is harsh, real, blunt and frank. “The Motive,” her latest blues record mixed with angst and attachment comes not only with production from Chris Rockaway and guest vocals from Kitty Beebe of The New York City Queens, it also comes with a video that is bleak as hell.

“The Motive” features our own Lyric Michelle as a prostitute, unwilling to be given an answer of freedom by her pimp who’d much rather control her every move via sex and drugs. It’s a pretty damming video from Ron West Radom but it shows plenty of growth, something that’s missing in plenty of local rap videos.