14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For an artist only halfway through his twenties, Masego seems to be an old soul. The full-length debut from the Virginia-based singer and producer is a startlingly mature work, drawing from quiet-storm R&B and Stevie Wonder soul alongside hints of trap (see “Shawty Fishin’,” where a wistful sax solo snakes around 808 knocks). Masego’s a hopeless romantic but also a total flirt, falling in love one moment and purring come-ons to older women the next. Ultimately, though, Lady Lady is thoroughly devoted to women, both real and imagined—on “Black Love,” Masego channels “Careless Whisper” for a ballad to his future wife, even though he hasn’t met her yet.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For an artist only halfway through his twenties, Masego seems to be an old soul. The full-length debut from the Virginia-based singer and producer is a startlingly mature work, drawing from quiet-storm R&B and Stevie Wonder soul alongside hints of trap (see “Shawty Fishin’,” where a wistful sax solo snakes around 808 knocks). Masego’s a hopeless romantic but also a total flirt, falling in love one moment and purring come-ons to older women the next. Ultimately, though, Lady Lady is thoroughly devoted to women, both real and imagined—on “Black Love,” Masego channels “Careless Whisper” for a ballad to his future wife, even though he hasn’t met her yet.

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About Masego

Songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Masego was born Micah Davis in Kingston, Jamaica in 1993. He grew up in Newport News, Virginia with a ravenous appetite for music, teaching himself how to play cello, drums, piano, and guitar, but specializing in saxophone. He released songs online while finding his style, posting videos of live looping and on-the-spot beatmaking as well as tracks where he improvised saxophone over other artist's beats. His 2016 release, The Pink Polo EP, was Masego's most focused and organized outing to date and featured the single "Girls That Dance." In 2017, he released "Tadow," a collaborative single with French artist FKJ. The accompanying video for the song went viral, showing the two musicians impressively live-looping all the track's instruments in the studio. ~ Fred Thomas

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