ALBUM: Queen Naija – misunderstood

ALBUM: Queen Naija – misunderstood

   

ALBUM: Queen Naija – misunderstood

Queen Naija releases a brand new song titled “misunderstood.” According to Queen Naija “I feel like I’m a misunderstood person overall; people misinterpret the things I say,” Queen Naija tells Apple Music of the title to her debut album. The YouTube star turned R&B singer whose single “Medicine” catapulted her onto Capitol Records’ radar has lived much of her adult life in the spotlight and has thus been subject to strangers’ opinions, for better and worse. That feeling of being an outsider who feels inclined to answer for it makes for some of the set’s more striking moments; songs like “Too Much to Say,” “Trial and Error,” and “Beautiful” sandwich the ups and downs of love with a bit of personal vulnerability. Her voice is pure and natural and imbues her songs, which range from bleeding-heart confessionals to self-confident kiss-offs, with the kind of soul that sticks with you long after the last note. To achieve the effect, she looked to the past for guidance. “I grew up on ’70s through ’90s music,” she says. “I love the sounds. I love how it made you feel. I love what they talked about and all the meanings.” That nostalgia is a through-line, as nods to Erykah Badu, DeBarge, and 2Pac appear throughout, but the bliss and heartbreak that propel the album are all her own. “It’s the debut, and I just basically wanted to peel off more layers to who I am. I wanted people to get to know me more, get to like my sound,” she says. “I really just wanted to mark my place here in the R&B world.”

   

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