Maxwell drops Shame video and talks Embrya 20 years later Veteran R&B crooner Maxwell released his latest single and video "Shame." Maxwell co-directed and co-wrote the treatment for the Shame visuals along with Bush Renz, who directed the "Kill Jay-Z" video. RECOMMENDED: MAXWELL ANNOUNCE HIS NEW ALBUM NIGHT The video is a representation on how people in society view the beauty of women. in the video shows black women wearing veils with their face covered. The video was is showing how women of color and some men are being shamed of their looks. Maxwell wanted to honor how beautiful black women are in particular and also other women of color. The single Shame will appear on Maxwell's long-awaited Night album that completes his 2009's Blacksummers'night. Maxwell sat down with Billboard to talk about his second studio album 1998's Embrya and how it's been 20 years and it being a slept on classic. "I remember that time when\u00a0Embrya\u00a0was completely abandoned and this whole neo-soul thing, which I felt like all of a sudden it was this grassroots, underground movement of kids like myself in their 20s who loved hip-hop and appreciated hip-hop for how it sampled so many of those old records, and we wanted to actually be those old records as new kids. It became a trend. So in 1998, when I unveiled this album with all these strange titles and colons and sub-text titles, people were scratching their heads and wondering well maybe it\u2019s because I don\u2019t have an afro anymore and that\u2019s why things aren\u2019t so great. It became a marketing thing and not a creative thing. Now when I look at records and I see so many artists out here who have these very specific titles that are very unique and very uniform. It wasn\u2019t something that was done in 1998. That was the era of\u00a0The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, JAY-Z\u2019s\u00a0Hard Knock Life.\u00a0So, it was very disappointing to me. It made me question myself, question my intuition. But years later, it\u2019s nice to feel the validation -- especially when we\u2019re on tour right now. We have a moment when we play these songs, and I\u2019m so surprised at how many people tell me, \u201cWhen\u00a0Embrya\u00a0came out, it got me through college!\u201d It\u2019s almost like they want to let me know, \u201cYou weren\u2019t wrong. You were just being an artist; you weren\u2019t trying to be a formula.\u201d That\u2019s a nice feeling to have after all these years. Now when I listen to\u00a0Embrya, I can hear so many things from SZA to Miguel, The Weeknd, to whatever. And they come up to me and they\u2019re just like, \u201cBro, thanks for putting out\u00a0Embrya!\u201d That\u2019s a nice feeling."