Riz Ahmed and Jay Sean Collaborate on ‘Any Day’ Video

Riz Ahmed and Jay Sean debuted the video for their collaboration 'Any Day' on The Ellen Show.

In his March 2020 album, The Long Goodbye, Britain-based rapper and actor Riz Ahmed collaborated with Jay Sean on the song Any Day. While Riz delivered the verses throughout the song, Jay Sean sang the hook.

Riz Ahmed: The Long Goodbye Album Review | Pitchfork

The duo debuted the video of the song on Ellen’s show. In Riz’s words, the video is shot “selfie-style against a wall and then threw a bunch of images over it of the stuff that we’ve been missing while we’re in lockdown.”

The Long Goodbye has been termed as a break up album by Riz Ahmed in his interview with the New Yorker. However, the break up is not with another person, but rather with his home country – the United Kingdom. As a British Pakistani, Riz has tackled sociopolitical issues with the help of many his friends, such as Mindy Kaling, throughout the album.

I wanted to unpack that question—“Are we together or not?” The album plays out the metaphor of heartbreak because home is a place that you care about. It’s a relationship that, for better or worse, you define yourself through.

When discussing how he and Jay Sean worked on Any Day, Riz Ahmed stated that he FaceTimed the Down singer and “walked around with my phone, just rapping here. It was pretty lo-fi.”

Riz Ahmed recruits Jay Sean for new music video Any Day | EW.com

In his verses, Riz implies that while the UK may not be colonising the South Asia region, they are still “too busy tryna control me to ever love me”. He raps about the down sides of being a British Pakistani, with his lyrics hinting at the racism and colonialism that the South Asian region has to face.

“Self-centred, I was always edge of frame
But when it’s blame game I’m the one you wanna frame
Wanna keep me in my lane
Still can’t pronounce my name
You called me your exotic holiday
I unpacked like I’m here to stay
When you were broken did I leave you babe?
Did me like a dirty secret, all our history’s erased”

The lyrics are certainly full of meaning and combines art with socio-political conversations. These topics are the ones that need to be brought forth to tackle the hidden barriers of globalisation truly. Jay Sean’s hook ruly suggests that it is time to be “done” with this relationship.


It looks like Riz Ahmed and Jay Sean have been spending their quarantine productively. What do you think of Any Day? Let us know in the comments!


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