While I come from Hip Hop, and grew up in love with hardcore lyricists, I have always been drawn to and able to appreciate R&B as well. Growing up in the 90s, what most people view as the golden age of both genres, no-one could ignore the talent all around the industry. In particular, my older sister introduced me to many of my favorite artists growing up. Being a black woman, it was natural for her to play music from the true R&B queens all over the house. These artists included, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, the list goes on. Amongst these women, no-one stood out more than the queen of R&B Soul herself, Mary J Blige. Her relatability, vulnerability, tone and rawness set her apart. Today, we have many descendants of her style of music. From Jhene, to Snoh Aalegra, H.E.R. etc., we may be in a rebirth of an R&B golden era. Today, no-one encapsulates that same soul, vulnerability, honesty and passion in her music more than the one and only Summer Walker. The Atlanta, Georgia singer and songwriter is my favorite R&b artist right now, mind you this a three-way tie. Nonetheless, I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for this woman. Not only is her music amazing, her songwriting is top notch, and she’s a pretty entertaining follow on Instagram. I first learned of Summer Walker early in 2018 from a popular podcast. They played her song at the end of an episode. I can’t remember the song, but it was one of the following records, “Deep,” “Session 32,” or “CPR.” Whichever song it was, it wasn’t long enough, and I listened to it repeatedly. Going further, I immediately went and found the other songs she had released. All three of these songs are amazing, and unfortunately too short. On occasion, this would be a regular conversation about her songs. While the length of her records were bothersome to me at first, I’ve softened my stance on this at time has passed. A shorter and concise record accomplishes two things. For one, it makes me want to play it again, and again, and again. Secondly, it allows an artist to create freely and get their thoughts out without forcing emotion or lyrics. And when I thought of that, it made me appreciate and love Summer even more.