Around this time last year, we were gifted with Drake’s commercial mixtape More Life, characterized by elements of afrobeat, trap and more. The playlist, as it was referred to by the rapper, included hit singles “Fake Love,” “Gyalchester” and the J-Lo sampled “Teenage Fever.” Despite appearances from a series of great acts such as Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and Young Thug, the Toronto native made a point to include a new string of talents and sounds from across the pond. Of these talents, there was the prominent UK rapper Giggs (featured on More Life’s “No Long Talk” and “KMT”) and an appearance by on-the-radar, 20-year old songstress Jorja Smith. Yes, the very same Jorja and muse behind Drake’s “Jorja’s Interlude,” a track riddled with Smith’s enchanting vocals.
As one of Britain’s most prominent rising artists, Jorja Smith has been making major moves in the music industry. The classically trained vocalist began causing murmurs first through the internet with her Soundcloud hit “Blue Lights,” a track noted with the singer’s distinctive voice over a sample of Dizzee Rascal’s “Sirens” (known for being a major pioneer of UK-originated dancehall, garage and Hip Hop infused style known as “grime”). The singer has finally released a music video proper for the 2016 record just the other week.
The muse went onto releasing her first EP Project 11, collaborating with Drake on More Life (specifically, “Get It Together” and “Jorja’s Interlude”) and releasing a plethora of hot tracks including “I Am” featured on the Top Dawg Entertainment Records curated Black Panther original soundtrack, as well as “Fine Lines” featured on Issa Rae’s HBO hit series Insecure. Now with her debut studio album Lost & Found set to release on June 8, it is only right for us to properly introduce the rising star. Although her catalogue isn’t large by any extent at this point, we’re providing you with seven of her most essential tracks. Sit back, relax and let us carry you into the world of Ms. Jorja Smith.