After delivering hits like “Boo’d Up” and “Trip,” Ella Mai begins a new era on her sophomore effort, Heart On My Sleeve. Supported by the previously released singles “Not Another Love Song” and “DFMU,” the 15-track project features guest appearances by Latto, Lucky Daye and Roddy Ricch.
“When I released my debut album, I was 23 about to be 24, and now I’m about to be 27. Just in life, I’m a different woman,” the 10 Summers artist told Billboard. “I’m more mature and I’ve experienced different things than I did when I was a 23-year-old. I’m more sure of myself as an artist. I’ve been able to tour the world and I think that opens your eyes up a lot more. It’s me still and it’s just an elevated version.”
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Jessie Reyez Returns With ‘Yessie’
Marking two years since the release of her Before Love Came To Kill Us, Jessie Reyez returns with her sophomore album, Yessie. With a lone feature from 6LACK on “FOREVER,” the 11-track project features production handled by Calvin Harris, Tim Suby, Rykeyz, Pop Wanself and more.
“I’ve made more of a conscious effort to be better to myself, be healthier and be kinder, extend myself the grace that I extend to other people. And I think it’s shown up in my music, too. It’s just more healing,” Jessie tells The Forty-Five. “The toxic is still there a little, because I’m not perfect and I’m still working on things. But there’s an arc. I was gonna call it ‘Self’ originally, but then the more I thought about it, the more I was like, I’m gonna make it general. I’ve never made music for other people.”
“I’ve always made it for me. So how can I make it more intimate? And then I thought of what my loved ones call me, my family calls me, what my ex used to call me: Yessie. It’s sweet. It’s closer to me. It’s more intimate. That’s how Yessie came to be.”
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EST Gee Releases Debut Album ‘I Never Felt Nun’
Dropping his visual to the standout track “Backstage Passes” alongside fellow Louisville native Jack Harlow earlier today, I Never Felt Nun is supported by previously released single. Shoot It Myself,” “Blood,” “Love Is Blind,” and “Hell.” EST Gee treats fans to 21 tracks with contributions from Jeezy, Bryson Tiller, Future and MGK.
“I don’t want to put my beliefs, my feelings off on other people, but just, you got to stay motivated,” EST Gee told Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe. “‘Cause a lot of time it don’t seem like it get better. You know what I’m saying? But you got to make it better. So that feeling of not feeling nothing… You know what I’m saying? That shit’s basically just keep going through it, don’t let it affect you. Before I knew to tell myself, that’s how I really was. You know what I’m saying? So that’s just what that album’s about.”
Ari Lennox Releases New Album ‘age/sex/location’
Treating fans to 12 tracks, Ari taps on the services of J. Cole, Summer Walker, Chloe and Lucky Daye.
“Transitional space. Very vulnerable codependent and validation seeking part of my life,” Lennox told Cole in a test message. “I remember the countless times I was kicked out of dating apps because they didn’t think I was really myself, it reminded me of those age/sex/location days where I actually wasn’t being myself in those chat rooms.”
Last week, Ari gave fans an appetizer with the release of her surprise EP, Away Message.
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