5 Songs, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

She originally established herself as a YouTube influencer, but Queen Naija’s got a voice on her, too. The Michigan-born R&B singer balances delicacy and strength, and her self-titled debut EP splits the difference between heartbreak and flirtation. “Don’t get it twisted; I can play this game too,” Queen warns on breakthrough single “Medicine,” a deceptively sultry ode to revenge (and a response to the public dissolution of her marriage). But by the mellow “Butterflies,” she’s got eyes for someone new. And “Mama’s Hand” is a tender lullaby to her young son.

EDITORS’ NOTES

She originally established herself as a YouTube influencer, but Queen Naija’s got a voice on her, too. The Michigan-born R&B singer balances delicacy and strength, and her self-titled debut EP splits the difference between heartbreak and flirtation. “Don’t get it twisted; I can play this game too,” Queen warns on breakthrough single “Medicine,” a deceptively sultry ode to revenge (and a response to the public dissolution of her marriage). But by the mellow “Butterflies,” she’s got eyes for someone new. And “Mama’s Hand” is a tender lullaby to her young son.

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