Kat Graham first turned heads as the beguiling witch Bonnie Bennett on The Vampire Diaries TV series. But now she’s got a spell-binding new single, “Put Your Graffiti On Me”, that positions her as a potent new pop star. Powered by street percussion and a soon-to-be catch phrase (“tag me”), the song shows off Kat’s pipes, and the video shows off her dance skills — and attitude.
Produced by Australian duo Twice As Nice (Nick Audino and Lewis Hughes), the song bounces on stuttering, Major Lazer“>Major Lazer-style beat while Graham tosses out the come ons. “I take advantage of you / You take advantage of me / Drink out this bottle again / And paint your body on me”, she sings. (See the complete “Put Your Graffiti On Me” lyrics here).
Is “Paint” a euphemism? “I don’t know what you’re talking about”, she told E!, before explaining: “The song is basically about owning yourself sexually and allowing yourself to be owned too. And having empowerment in that… I’m all about female empowerment and having a song that has this kind of reference.”
She’s all about empowerment in the Benny Boom-directed video as well: Graham kicks it off by spray-painting the camera lens and then, clad in throwback ’90′s street style (and, at one point, a yellow animal print cat-suit), she leads a troupe of dancers in a routine that recalls the Pussycat Dolls ‘ hottest clips. (The ponytail whipping alone is that fierce.)