EP Stream: Siya – “Commitment” [Audio]


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.

The Background:
Michele Sherman (born March 23, 1987), better known by her stage name Siya, is an American rapper signed to R&B singer and songwriter Tank. She currently stars in the Oxygen reality TV series Sisterhood of Hip Hop. She is famed for being an openly gay female rapper. She is an upcoming actress. Siya released a mixtape entitled Better Late Than Never in February 2015. She released her single the “Real MVP” and One Hunnid in September 2014. She has released other singles such as “D.Y.K.E.,” “Heaven,” “I Put Niggas On” and “I’m Gone.” Siya has collaborated with artists such as Chris Brown, Tank, and Sage the Gemini. Siya has performed alongside artists such as Wyclef Jean at the world famous B.B. Kings as well as opened up for Fat Joe and Fabolous during a concert at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. Currently, she’s working on her album SiyavsSiya, which will be out soon. It’s progress is also documented on Sisterhood of Hip Hop.

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