If there is one thing you would learn about me is how obsessed I am with H.E.R. It’s a healthy obsession, I should add. Earlier this month, she blessed us yet again with a phemoninal piece of work titled I Used to Know Her: The Prelude, which is the prelude to her debut album. Note: Now I thought the girl came out with two albums already, but those were just EP’s. So, nevermind.
This project gives us everything that R&B lovers like me miss in the genre: poetry, soulful grooves, something to think about, and Lauryn Hill. Okay, okay, so let met explain about the Lauryn Hill part. In the opening track, “Lost Souls” ft. DJ Scratch, she channels Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones” from the iconic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. H.E.R. touches on the same topics of losing yourself to fit in and being known like Hill;
“Confusing self-conscious with self-confidence
So you monogamous but body positive
Those pills you swallowing, for a following
What he got to offer? He don’t see the kids that he fathering
If you don’t bother then, why you responding then?”
She also encourages women to listen to their intuition when it comes to the person that they love who isn’t exactly loving them back in “Against Me”
“To my women with the utmost respect, intellect
We often forget and neglect intuition can see through illusive intent, listen to it”
But my favorite track on the whole EP is very last song, “As I Am”. With Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” vibes just oozing through it, H.E.R. reminds the person she’s singing to that she is something special, and they would definitely be missing out for not taking her as she is.
“Tell me I’m the best, I am
I’ll be feelin’ like, yes, I am, I am
You know I’m the best, I am
Be a fool to not take me as I am”
So, as you can see, I am eager to see what goodness will be on the album. If the EP is this freaking good, H.E.R may have some Grammy awards coming to her from the full album.
Take a listen to my favorite, “As I Am”: