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WAJI Fearlessly Confronts Toxic Relationships Head On In Empowering Single “BMH”

“BMH” tells a heartfelt story of liberation from an abusive relationship with cascading pop instrumentation and a passionately anthemic chorus. 

Alt-pop singer-songwriter WAJI makes a splash with their newest single, “BMH,” out January 19th. This track is a moment for the artist in which they poured their most vulnerable emotions from a beyond-challenging hardship into their art. For WAJI, this was one of their main ways of coping through an emotionally abusive relationship in which they felt more pain than pleasure. This track layers airy fingerpicking with a punchy beat, creating a breezy soundscape with an edge. The somber delivery in WAJI’s smooth vocal blossoms into a beautifully anthemic chorus built upon an empowering moment of recognition for the wrong-doings of their former lover. WAJI finds inspiration in Nigerian artists like 2Baba and Asa, who approach their songs with freshness and charisma; listeners can expect the same electric attitude from WAJI on “BMH.”

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Ima Ikuru, the artist behind WAJI, took a unique perspective when writing “BMH.” While the artist struggled in the midst of a painful hardship, unable to find the strength to break away from their relationship, they channeled their grief into a character with the power to take control. In collaboration with producer Don Ozi, WAJI managed to capture an empowering heartbreak anthem gearing towards a better future. “I had just left my partner’s place and was in the middle of one of my breakup fantasies,” they recall, “when Don Ozi sent me this beat, I didn’t even have to think about it, I just sat there and poured my heart out.” Featuring lyrics in Nigerian pidgin English, WAJI led the songwriting while Don Ozi took charge of the production. WAJI conveys in BMH that no matter how brave or strong, making the choice to end a relationship can be tough for anyone. As the beat switches up in the second verse, feelings of anxiety and apprehension come to fruition in lyrics like, “don’t wanna be here beside you, don’t wanna love anybody besides you.” For WAJI, “this song eventually inspired [them] to leave, and [they] hope the vulnerability of the lyrics can inspire other trapped individuals to be strong enough to set themselves free.”

Listeners can stream “BMH” on all major streaming platforms January 19th. 

 

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More about WAJI:

WAJI is a colorful singer-songwriter known for their mesmerizing story telling abilities. Playful lyricism, catchy melodies, and relatable stories characterize the type of music listeners can expect from WAJI. Nigerian influences shine brightly through WAJI’s sound; artists like 2Baba and Asa are at the top of the list. They also gravitate towards artists like Bruno Mars and The Weeknd, who bring versatility, charisma, and confidence to their music. Having grown up in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the now Georgia based artist made the transition to the U.S. to study mechanical engineering before diving into their music career. WAJI embraces the spotlight on every track as they deliver engaging melodies with creativity and playfulness. The songwriter channels their personal experiences into their music and offers a charming sincerity backed by a charming confidence. Despite their introverted nature, WAJI has no issue letting their personality and style shine through their music. Fans can expect new music from WAJI in 2022 while they excitedly anticipate the release of their upcoming EP.

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Once in college, WAJI began exploring their personal identity and becoming more in touch with themselves than ever before. The social disapproval from their Nigerian peers made accepting the more intimate parts of themselves especially difficult; while life in the U.S. made it easier to live freely as their true self, the extreme cultural shift made it difficult for the artist to adjust. WAJI found themselves spending most of their day escaping reality through songwriting to cope with the burdens of frustration and isolation. The songwriter made the courageous decision to release one of the many stories they had stockpiled despite feelings of social anxiety and loneliness. Their first release on soundcloud, “Baby,” in 2019 was received a more than positive response from listeners. The artist joined MaxterMix Music Group Collective – a collaborative artist community – shortly after this release, and continued working to hone their craft with this newfound support system. For WAJI, they hope that listeners can find the same sense of freedom and release from their music that the artist feels while writing.

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Alex Winston shares raw emotions in sophomore album “Bingo!”

Alex Winston

Indie singer-songwriter Alex Winston has made a remarkable return with her highly-anticipated sophomore album, “Bingo!”. Released today, “Bingo!” is a 10-track masterpiece that captures the essence of Winston’s transformative “swamp era” by blending elements of old-school Americana, psychedelia, and unfiltered pop.

Crafted over three years, “Bingo!” demonstrates her musical evolution, embracing the uncertainties and discomforts of personal growth. The album’s lead single, “Stassia,” features jangly guitars and Winston’s piercing vocals, setting the tone for an album rich in texture and emotional depth.

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“Hot One,” a bass-driven pop anthem, channels the sweltering frustration of a Nashville summer, culminating in a defiant chorus that exclaims, “You can’t take my joy away / Hello, Satan, not today.” Meanwhile, “Swampland” offers a whimsical escape with its playful parade of flutes, horns, and hallucinatory guitar riffs, evoking a Mardi Gras of the mind.

One of the album’s standout tracks, “Where My Cowboys At?,” carries a bittersweet air as Winston celebrates youthful recklessness with pulsing guitars and atmospheric swagger. “Special Feeling” delves into the artist’s psyche, capturing the manic desire for recognition and connection.

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Winston’s vulnerability shines through on “Indiana,” an earnest ballad framed by muted acoustic guitar and clicky percussion. Her lyrical prowess continues in “The Cutting Board” and “Run On,” where she artfully dissects past relationships with a blend of naiveté and wit. The latter track’s relatable lament of mundane communication breakdowns highlights the album’s narrative.

As the album nears its end, “Mike’s Soup” juxtaposes buoyant melodies with introspective revelations, while “Jeremiah Johnson” provides a poignant conclusion. This final track recounts a moment of profound realization, leaving listeners with a sense of hopeful solitude and reflection.

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ScHoolboy Q Drops Hints on Kanye West’s “Unfair” Cancellation in New Track “Blueslides”

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ScHoolboy Q has been making waves with his latest album, Blue Lips, and it’s clear why fans have been buzzing. The standout track “Blueslides” is particularly intriguing, as it seems to take aim at a controversial figure in the music industry—most notably, Kanye West.

While Q hasn’t explicitly named names, speculation is rife that he’s referring to Kanye West as the artist who’s been “unfairly” canceled. Reddit user u/TheMisiak claims that Q gave it away during a live performance of the track, saying, “When Q performed ‘Blueslides,’ he didn’t censor himself like he did on the track itself. Just thought it was interesting that he waited until the tour to reveal who he was referencing.”

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The reaction has been mixed. Some fans have taken to Reddit to voice their disappointment with Q’s defense of Kanye, citing the rapper’s controversial statements and actions in recent years. The debate rages on—whether Kanye deserves this support or not, ScHoolboy Q’s stance will definitely keep the conversation alive.

What’s your take? Will ScHoolboy Q and Kanye West collaborate in the future? Drop your thoughts in the comments below and keep up with Honk Magazine for the latest updates from the music world!

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