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Video: Ridgewood's "Black Panther Barbie" Is the Artist We All Need Right Now — Arts & Culture on Bushwick Daily

Video: Ridgewood's "Black Panther Barbie" Is the Artist We All Need Right Now

Torraine Futurum wastes no time in life, or in music.

Danielle Sinay 



Mason Mercer



Torraine Futurum, Ridgewood resident and self-proclaimed “Black Panther Barbie,” does it all. A model, artist, musician, or whatever title she decides to take on next, everything Torraine touches turns to gold — and with good reason. Torraine and her art are out of this world. In fact, when asked where she’s from, she says, “Not from this planet.” But she's exactly what this planet needs right now.

The young model, signed with No Agency, has already walked the NYFW Runway for Gypsy Sport, appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Urban Outfitters, and made an appearance in Carly Rae Jepson’s video for “Boy Problems.”

This January, Torraine wrote, produced, and released her full length album “Colonial” alongside Alex Freedom. Now just eight months later, we have already iconic singles "Key Party” and "Forest Hills.”

Quite like “Colonial,” Torraine penned and produced the tracks along with producer Wyatt Bertz, with whom she regularly records in their DIY basement studio in Brooklyn, aka Torraine’s second home.

The unconventional love songs are upbeat and high energy, but not in the typical party song sense. The songs feel urgent, containing no empty space — quite like everything Torraine does.

“I don’t want to waste any time,” she told Bushwick Daily. “Everything is grand. I live fully or not at all.” 

Follow Torraine on Instagram, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Cover image courtesy of Torraine Futurum 

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