Kiana Ledé knows exactly how to deliver for her fans! The rising R&B star finally released her first project of 2019, a brand new EP thoughtfully titled Myself.
It’s no secret that Ledé loves to sing soulful, emotional songs centered around love, but Myself clearly pieces together a personal journey from beginning to end. The project is cohesively built around a lesson that many of us twenty-somethings struggle to learn: the art of loving oneself unconditionally. The EP features four new tracks, “Shawty,” “Bouncin” (featuring Offset), “If You Hate Me” and “Heavy” (featuring Jenifer Lewis), as well as the previously released singles “Can I” and “EX.”
Ledé targets an array on emotions within Myself, from resentful feelings of a breakup, to unreciprocated feelings, to anxiety, to bouncing back. The singer shares that this project has been in the works for over a year, which comes to no surprise considering she covers so many different moods in one 6-track project. She shares her inspiration behind the new release on her Instagram page:
“As a brown woman, putting yourself first can be one of the most difficult things to do. From giving yourself ten minutes to meditate, to leaving an unhealthy situation because you know you’re worth more, all of it is a choice. This last year, I’ve had to prove my strength to myself at various times and I’ve come out on the other end feeling proud. I’ve learned so much about who I am and who I want to be as a woman. I tried to put that feeling into MYSELF.”
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As a brown woman, putting yourself first can be one of the most difficult things to do. From giving yourself ten minutes to meditate, to leaving an unhealthy situation because you know you’re worth more, all of it it is a choice . This last year, I’ve had to prove my strength to myself at various times and I’ve come out on the other end feeling proud. I’ve learned so much about who I am and who I want to be as a woman. I tried to put that feeling into MYSELF. Much more to learn and much more to come, but for now, listen to MYSELF and feel proud. P.s. I couldn’t have done this without my fucking team, my family and my crew (especially my girls). Thank you so so much to everyone for supporting me and helping me bring this vision to life.
Based on our first impression, “Shawty” definitely stands out from the rest of the project. The track is light, fun and upbeat as Ledé expresses her loyalty as a friend and partner. The track starts out very blunt when the singer simply states, “I need to figure out what I want.”
Her honesty is refreshing, and although she needs to work on herself first, she reassures this person that she will always be there. She sings, “We need some time, get it right, but you know that I’ll always // Be, be your shawty for life, even when you ain’t next to // Me, no, you don’t gotta worry ’cause I’ll be your shawty // Ooh wee, no, you don’t gotta worry ’cause I’ll be your shawty.” “Shawty” is a sweet song that shows Ledé’s dedication and care toward those that are close to her.
Following “Shawty” is another exciting track, “Bouncin,” that features Georgia-based rapper Offset. This upbeat dance track is all about bouncing back into the party scene as a newly single woman. “Bouncin” was brought into the project in a very unexpected way. Ledé explains how she dealt with some dark feelings to convert them into this party track.
She shared with Billboard, “I couldn’t get my brain to face where I wanted to write about something that was really emotional that day. I was just too close to it in the moment and I was just like, ‘You know what, let’s just fucking write something fun and get our brains off this and not even think.’”
The second-half of Myself eases into some deeper, heavier feelings. Tracks like “If You Hate Me” and “Heavy” show Ledé’s vulnerable side. “If You Hate Me” addresses the messy ending to a toxic relationship. Although Ledé wants the best for her ex, she has to let him go so they can both flourish as separate individuals, rather than one entity. This is fitting interlude into the next somber track “Heavy.”
The honesty presented in “Heavy” makes the song feel super pure as Ledé confesses her struggle with mental health. In the second verse she admits, “Fuck all my problems, wish I could show ’em // Don’t feel that, don’t feel that, don’t feel that wavy // I can’t get up in the mornin’, it’s too hard if I even try it // You ain’t here to tell me turn my anxiety into excitement.”
Here, she admits that her feelings are much heavier than what appears on the surface. Teaching yourself to find happiness in independence can be one of the most difficult realizations to have. We’re right here with you, Kiana!
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