By Jack Barnes
Brooklyn native Siya continues to impress with her artistic versatility. capable of chewing through rugged street records and crafting complex, seductive ballads in equal measure. Today, she showcases the latter skill set with the Commitment EP, released in time for Valentine’s Day. Premiered by Vibe, Commitment fuses the expansive, blissed out synths of cloud rap and the gauzy emotional confessionalism of Toronto-style rap-n-b into a unique blend, driven by Siya’s force of personality. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Ahead of the EP, she released the Boombox-premiered “Don’t U (Say Yes),“ a stuttering, Floetry-sampling slow jam featuring her R&B Money label boss Tank, and lead single “Front Door,” where she dives into the complexities of commitment, surfacing with raw emotion over a flickering, snapping beat.
Talking with Vibe about the project, Siya says: “Commitment came together because I knew I wanted to drop 3 albums between December and June. SIYAvsSIYA was my baby because it was my debut. Commitment is my way of letting my queens know they are loved and appreciated through my music. The next album I drop will be all street anthems, back to the block and my Bed-Stuy roots. I’m just grateful that I’ve been relevant for damn near two decades. I’m in it for longevity; nothing more, nothing less.”
Born in California to drug-addicted parents, but raised in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, home to Jay-Z, Mos Def and The Notorious B.I.G., Siya is primed for a breakout year in 2017. In 2016, Siya released the hard-hitting SIYAvsSIYA, her debut album featuring an appearance from Sage The Gemini, equally split between sinister street rhymes and wavy, electronic-influenced love songs. Beyond rap, Siya found success as a television personality, starring in all three seasons of Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip-Hop, a T.I.-produced reality series starring five female rappers who navigate their way through the male-dominated music industry. Check out the Commitment EP, available on all digital music stores and streaming services.
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