From the soul music pioneers of the 50s & 60s, to the trailblazers of the 70s and 80s, to the innovators of the 90s and 00s, one thing rings true for R&B artists of every era: there’s no other genre that gives us more timeless music. YouTube starlet turned R&B darling Queen Naija is among a growing number of young R&B artists today who are continuing to carry the torch for the genre and take airwaves by storm. A newly-divorced mother of 1 born to a Black mother and Arabic father, Naija gained the attention of millions when she released her single, “Medicine,” towards the end of 2017 in an effort to detail the reason behind her split from husband and fellow YouTube personality, Chris Sails.
In light of the song’s success, 2018 has proved quite the year for the 22-year-old songbird so far. After landing her on the Billboard Hot 100 for the very first time this past April at number 45, she slotted in at number 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart in June. And things have only continued to get better as the summer goes on. The video for “Medicine” is currently at 52 million views and counting on YouTube, while Naija has also now found a record label home at Capitol Records. Keeping with the momentum, the Detroit-born songstress released her self-titled debut EP this week. The 5-track project serves as the perfect follow up to “Medicine,” carrying themes of heartbreak, motherhood and new love, all brought to life by the smooth, signature tone fans have grown to love.
Check out Queen Naija’s debut EP, Queen Naija, above.