Before Tessa Thompson got her breakout role as student activist Samantha White in Justin Simien’s Sundance hit “Dear White People,” the 31-year-old actress was lending her sultry vocal skills to Los Angeles-based music group Caught A Ghost. Working alongside musician-producer Jesse Nolan, Thompson’s electronica-leaning Caught A Ghost caught Hollywood’s ears as the twosome’s tracks found their way into popular shows such as “Suits” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Now the duo can add “Dear White People” to their list of musical contributions thanks to the film’s soundtrack single, “Get Your Life.” The single marks a return to Simien’s critical and commercial hit for star Thompson, and the recently released music video is an even bigger reunion for the political satire’s cast and crew. Not only does Simien respire his directorial role for the video, but stars such as Tyler James Williams and Teyonah Parris drop by the clip’s LA sunset dance party to let loose. The video even includes homages to the film itself, including a recreation of one of the movie’s most memorable images (seen above).
As reported by BuzzFeed’s Kelley Dunlap, the idea for a collaboration between “Dear White People” and Caught A Ghost came about after the director asked his leading lady whether or not she’d be interested in contributing to the movie’s soundtrack following the film’s Sundance premiere.
Check out the bumping “Get Your Life” video below, which features an introduction by Thompson herself: