Jazmine Sullivan returns to the music scene with “Heaux Tales,” her first album in six years.
5. GIRL LIKE ME
Jazmine Sullivan and H.E.R. put up dramatic vocal performances on “Girl Like Me.”
Despite “Girl Like Me” featuring an instrumental that sounds like it never fully gets started, that doesn’t stop Jazmine Sullivan and H.E.R. from singing their hearts out about being good girls that never truly garnered the respect that they deserved from their respective exes. Though the two singers have different singing styles, on this song, they sound like they are on the same page.
Damn, there truly is a war going on outside between good and bad girls…
I bopped my head like s**t to “Pricetags!” (I didn’t think that a Jazmine Sullivan song would make me do that)
Jazmine Sullivan and Anderson .Paak’s back and forth on “Pricetags” f**ked around and saved hip-hop for me! Not only do they hit us with some of the coldest flows I’ve heard in a while, but the swag, the confidence, and the grit that they rap with are beyond impeccable. Their lyrics about greed and materialism is simply the cherry on top.
3. PUT IT DOWN
“Put It Down” is a bonified club hit.
While 80% of this album is soulful as s**t, “Put It Down” is one of the few tracks that boast gleeful vibes and positive lyrics. Since the song is about dudes that get spoiled by their women because they have better D than the ’85 Bears, you get a version of Jazmine that is springy, energetic, and Cardi-Esque.
If you like catchy R&B music, “Put It Down” is for you.
2. PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS
I love “Pick Up Your Feelings,” even though the song is about dirty-ass men that double dip and don’t know how to let go of a chick that they clearly lost.
The flair that Jazmine Sullivan sings with on “Pick Up Your Feelings” will resonate with you mightily. So will her tricky flows, combative lyrics, and don’tgiveaf**kness.
“Pick Up Your Feelings” is a classic Jazmine Sullivan song.
1. LOST ONE
If you’ve been kicked to the curb, “Lost One” will hurt your soul.
“Lost One” is powered by a very somber instrumental. Over it, Jazmine passionately sings about the feelings that emerge after you break up with someone. In the song, she doesn’t sound angry or agitated; she sounds remorseful, fragile, and slightly hurt.
Jazmine Sullivan’s superior writing skills are put on full display in this song.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. BODIES (INTRO) (4/5)
2. ANTOINETTE’S TALE (N/A)
3. PICK UP YOUR FEELINGS (5/5)
4. ARI’S TALE (N/A)
5. PUT IT DOWN (4/5)
6. ON IT (4/5)
7. DONNA’S TALE (N/A)
8. PRICETAGS (4/5)
9. RASHIDA’S TALE (N/A)
10. LOST ONE (5/5)
11. PRECIOUS TALE (N/A)
12. THE OTHER SIDE (4/5)
13. AMANDA’S TALE (N/A)
14. GIRL LIKE ME (4/5)
I feel like Jazmine Sullivan and Lizzo have a lot in common. They are both fantastic writers, they are both hella versatile, and they both endorse self-love and denounce dirty men in their music. With that being said, I feel like Heaux Tale is a worthy sequel to Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You album.
If you are a fan of Jazmine Sullivan, I’m sure you are disappointed that Heaux Tales features only 7.5 complete songs. Here’s the thing, though: I think every single interlude on the album matters. Hearing the unfiltered relationship tales of all of these different women only bolsters the importance of each and every sentiment, emotion, and rant that you hear from Jazmine. I also feel like the album’s short length cleverly left listeners with a real-life math problem that you now need to find out how to solve through the teachings that Jazmine bestowed on you. While I’m all for club bangers and great music, I can never say no to an album with a true purpose.
What Grade Do You Give “Heaux Tales” By Jazmine Sullivan 🤔?
— Ratings Game Music (@RatingsGame) January 8, 2021
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