6 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It’s like a dark room; the senses get heightened,” R&B singer/multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. tells Apple Music, explaining why she chose to hide her face and real name when she began releasing music in 2016. “It’s not what’s on the surface, it’s what’s in the heart.” Since her debut, H.E.R. has been slowly peeling back layers of mystery. She was revealed to be Gabi Wilson, a former child prodigy; she performed, unmasked, at the 2018 BET Awards.

I Used to Know Her continues the unveiling: H.E.R. unlocks a brand-new skillset—rapping—on opener “Lost Souls,” a tribute to Lauryn Hill’s classic “Lost Ones.” The rest of the EP reverts back to the sensual alt-quiet storm of her self-titled 2017 project, this time writing a postscript for a failed relationship. "My music is my diary—things that I go through,” she says. “Could’ve Been,” with Bryson Tiller, scans like a sad follow-up to her joyful 2017 duet with Daniel Caesar, “Best Part.” Unfortunately, the project doesn’t feature any of the guitar-solo skills she flashed at the BET Awards, but she hints that follow-up projects might: “Maybe there’s another ‘Purple Rain’—you never know!”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“It’s like a dark room; the senses get heightened,” R&B singer/multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. tells Apple Music, explaining why she chose to hide her face and real name when she began releasing music in 2016. “It’s not what’s on the surface, it’s what’s in the heart.” Since her debut, H.E.R. has been slowly peeling back layers of mystery. She was revealed to be Gabi Wilson, a former child prodigy; she performed, unmasked, at the 2018 BET Awards.

I Used to Know Her continues the unveiling: H.E.R. unlocks a brand-new skillset—rapping—on opener “Lost Souls,” a tribute to Lauryn Hill’s classic “Lost Ones.” The rest of the EP reverts back to the sensual alt-quiet storm of her self-titled 2017 project, this time writing a postscript for a failed relationship. "My music is my diary—things that I go through,” she says. “Could’ve Been,” with Bryson Tiller, scans like a sad follow-up to her joyful 2017 duet with Daniel Caesar, “Best Part.” Unfortunately, the project doesn’t feature any of the guitar-solo skills she flashed at the BET Awards, but she hints that follow-up projects might: “Maybe there’s another ‘Purple Rain’—you never know!”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
175 Ratings
175 Ratings
Hardfindnicknamethatsnottaken

😝

AHHHHHHHHHHH... JUST BEAUTIFUL
WAITED ALL NIGHT AND ITS WORTH IT

Blessinz88

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I need like 45 more tracks these EP’s are teasers but I love you H.E.R now we are FOCUSED! Listening all now!

itscooperking

miss thing did that

OOOOP

About H.E.R.

Presented anonymously, contemporary R&B artist H.E.R. debuted on major-label RCA in 2016. H.E.R., Vol. 1, released for streaming and as a download that September, was a seven-track EP of downcast post-breakup material, mostly ballads, that sounded both vulnerable and assured. Promotion was limited, but labelmates Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller helped spread the word through social media. Among the selections was a cover of Drake's "Jungle," which helped send the set to number 28 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A similarly styled follow-up, H.E.R., Vol. 2, arrived in June 2017. The EPs were combined and expanded four months later as H.E.R., with the six additional cuts -- including "Best Part," previously heard on Daniel Caesar's Freudian -- referred to as B-sides. ~ Andy Kellman

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