How many times have we suffered for being unrequited by the person we love. Deception, mistreatment, infidelity, contempt for the things we do. Sometimes, when the personality is in a vulnerable state it hurts us deeply, we feel disoriented, not knowing what to do. We feel a great dependence on the other person and sometimes we devalue ourselves as a person. We believe that life would not make sense without that person to whom we have given our lives without conditions and we only receive sorrows back. We see how the time passes in which we were supposed to be happy and making projects together with the one we love and instead, we are losing life and energy when we realize that this has not happened and will very probably not happen. When the couple is ungrateful and treacherous, things will never change, on the contrary, they always tend to get worse. It is useless to think that people can change if after many claims they continue doing the same. Clinging to something like that, only harms us and leaves us nothing good, it makes us lose time and youth, youth that will not return. Enjoying alone, with family or group of friends, will always be better than being tied to a person who has never valued us and who uses us only to satisfy her/his dark interests or insecurities, but who, when leaving home, betrays us with the first person who crosses her/his path. Situations like this are frequent and unfortunately many cannot or do not want to take the final step to break those chains. Generally, they confuse love with dependence or loneliness and do not realize that happiness is just around the corner and that does not necessarily mean that it is in a couple. There are too many ways in which happiness comes to us and we are not able to see it. When we are in a toxic relationship, it will always be highly recommended to remember the times when that relationship did not exist and take stock of everything we had (friends, freedom, simple reasons that made us laugh) and everything we have lost. It is normal to fail in love several times before finding the ideal partner; therefore, it should not be a tragedy to get away from those relationships that hurt us. But there are also other reactions to the lack of love and disloyalty of the couple, Queen Naija knows it very well.
5 albums, 7 tracks
R&B is getting better, from 2018 going into 2019, with superior melodies and soul. Jorja Smith, Daniel Caesar, Elle Mai, and Queen Naija are all fresh voices bringing perhaps an older style to the game – that of the nineties. I have often felt that some of the greatest R&B came from that era, and artists like Queen Naija seem to agree. I am really pushing for this neo-neo soul as I call it, and on her self-titled Queen Naija - EP, Naija finds the right mix of romance and urban-edge which sounds so old school, but still considers modern ears tuned for Trap rhythms. Everyone should be happy here – and while I may lean in a little more to the songwriting of Daniel Caesar, most of Naija’s material captivated me, as she sings with a good amount of range about subjects that also have a fair amount of range. Motherhood is explored alongside tracks about breaking up, or falling in love again. The rhythms are mostly mellow, perfect for slow dancing, and also storytelling, which Naija shows she has a knack for on “Medicine.”
If you’ve read any of my other Narratives in the past, you’ll know I’ve been completely unimpressed with the current representation of R&B in today’s music industry, feeling it completely lacks the sense of self & true emotional turmoil that once governed the genre. There’s seldom been a narrative-focused record to come out that wasn’t either far-too egocentric of a Neo Soul experience or way too reliant on Alternative R&B culture to really move the needle into truly interesting sonic territory, with the younger audiences concerned with nothing more than gangbanging, treating women as objects or flaunting the extreme wealth that comes with being involved in the R&B market these days – While others have certainly broken free of this aesthetic in brilliant fashion, artists like Michael Kiwanuka & H.E.R. being of particular magnificence, there’s been a surprising rise in fringe-artists like Queen Naija attempting to rekindle the flames of the classic R&B industry lately, pushing forward with personality-packed albums that bring things back down to ground-level for modern audiences, showcasing a talent for storytelling that frankly feels rare nowadays. Her latest self-titled record Queen Naija produces a surprisingly compelling argument for the continued relevance of the vintage genre, though it’s not without some major missteps that might hinder her continued existence in the years to come.
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- May 04, 2019Jacquees Remixes Queen Naija’s ‘Karma’
- Mar 18, 2019Queen Naija Gets Docu-Series From MTV, Available on Facebook and YouTube
- Feb 04, 2019Queen Naija Reveals Post-Baby Body & Birthing Vlog: "Rock-Hard Breasts" & Healing
- Dec 26, 2018Queen Naija opens up about body image insecurities during pregnancy, says 'women deserve more respect'
- Dec 19, 2018New Music: Queen Naija “War Cry”
- Dec 17, 2018Queen Naija Unleashes Her "War Cry"
- Dec 10, 2018Queen Naija Claps Back At Pastor Who Accuses Her Of Biting His Track
- Dec 08, 2018Queen Naija's "Medicine" Reaches No. 1 On Adult R&B Songs Chart
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