6 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emotional, acoustic-led takes on pop hip-hop made Niykee Heaton a YouTube sensation, so it’s fitting that her debut EP marries a folk balladeer’s vulnerability with slinky R&B-leaning jams. “Sober” unspools an addict’s internal monologue over head-nodding beats. On “Bad Intentions,” a sweet vocal melody and lazy guitar licks belie the lyrics' story of self-sabotage. And as the kicky “Villa” proves, she can also conjure hedonistic fantasies. Like The Weeknd, Heaton aims to create a mood that’s both volatile and sultry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Emotional, acoustic-led takes on pop hip-hop made Niykee Heaton a YouTube sensation, so it’s fitting that her debut EP marries a folk balladeer’s vulnerability with slinky R&B-leaning jams. “Sober” unspools an addict’s internal monologue over head-nodding beats. On “Bad Intentions,” a sweet vocal melody and lazy guitar licks belie the lyrics' story of self-sabotage. And as the kicky “Villa” proves, she can also conjure hedonistic fantasies. Like The Weeknd, Heaton aims to create a mood that’s both volatile and sultry.

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About Niykee Heaton

An artist whose output alternates between acoustic pop ballads and bleary slow jams inspired by contemporary rap and R&B, Niykee Heaton was discovered through her YouTube channel. In 2011, while still enrolled in high school, the suburban Chicago native began uploading clips of performances recorded in her bedroom -- covers of R&B, rap, and pop hits, along with occasional originals, for which she accompanied herself on acoustic guitar. Near the end of the following year, a version of Chief Keef's "Love Sosa" was featured on the website WorldStarHipHop -- the day before the singer turned 18 -- and she subsequently caught the attention of Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons, who signed her to their Capitol affiliate All Def label. Bad Intentions, a six-track EP of alternately sleek and strummy pop-R&B hybrids, was released in September 2014. Late the following year, she performed a series of concerts in Canada and the U.S., dubbed The Bedroom Tour. In March 2016, Capitol proper issued The Bedroom Tour Playlist. Pushed as a mixtape, it featured remixed and remastered material that Heaton had previously made available through her active self-promotion via social media. The mixtape debuted at number 39 on the Billboard 200. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    South Africa
  • BORN
    December 4, 1991

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