H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) lives up to her name. She’s changing the game by integrating raw emotion and thoughts on contemporary issues, ranging from social media fakeness to curving undesired attention into her lyrics. On “Lost Souls,” a track with Lauryn Hill vibes from her recent EP I Used To Know Her: The Prelude, she calls out clout chasers and performative feminists. On “Lord is Coming,” she delivers a freestyle that questions how young people are truly handling mental health and politics by asking, “are we really trying when kids are dying and depression is trending?” Beware, she’s not afraid to spit the truth. Her albums might have you questioning your own motives—romantic and political.
When she dropped two EPs, Volume 1 and Volume 2 in 2016, her identity was unknown. Two years later, H.E.R.’s music speaks for itself, earning her five Grammy nominations including best album of the year and best new artist. Even without the Grammy nominations, H.E.R. is a force to be reckoned with. She’s been acknowledged by icons like Rihanna and Issa Rae. Label mates Bryson Tiller and Alicia Keys have given her shoutouts on Twitter. She’s the millennial woman’s renaissance performer: a rapper, singer, songwriter, and player of multiple instruments, including bass like her idol Prince. Sophomore sat down with H.E.R. and discussed her transparent vibes in this time of hiding behind our phones, romance (she’s not a guru but she drops facts) and a potential we hope it happens-let’s not jinx it collaboration with Janet Jackson.