H.E.R. Calls On Reggae Artists For Her New EP

Grammy Award-winning soul singer H.E.R. has landed in Jamaica as she works on an upcoming reggae-inspired EP as well as a song on DJ Khaled’s upcoming album “Khaled Khaled.”

The soulful singer who collaborated with Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley on their hit song “Slow Down” which was nominated for a Grammy, said her EP will feature other reggae artists from within the island.

“Me and DJ Khaled have a song together that I’m really excited for people to hear, and he wanted to shoot the video here. My EP that I’ll be releasing is gonna feature a lot of reggae artistes. It’s gonna be dope,” she said to local newspaper, Jamaica Observer.

H.E.R says after making “Slow Down” she was inspired to make Reggae music, especially since she has always loved the genre.

“I felt like Slow Down was one song that made me even want to dive into reggae even deeper. I’ve always loved reggae, and now I’m about to do a whole reggae project,” she began. “My EP is definitely coming this year. I’m still finishing it up and making sure its great before releasing it.”

“Slow Down” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B song. The song was among several nominations for H.E.R. (acronym for Having Everything Revealed), who was born Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson at the Grammys. She eventually walked away with Song of the Year for 2021 for her song “I can’t breathe.”

The song was centered around the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, whose last words were “I can’t breathe,” as a police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knees on his neck for nine minutes. An ongoing trial of Chauvin has found that his actions led to the death of Floyd.

According to H.E.R, the ensuing protests and social upheaval weighed heavy on her, and the win for her song was unexpected.

“It’s such a big deal and an honour. I didn’t expect to win it, and there were so many amazing artistes in the same category. When I heard the announcement, I was super surprised. The [song’s] message, it really came from my own personal anxiety and looking at the world around me and my perspective of the world and what was going on in the summer of 2020 and the protests in America,” she said.

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“I couldn’t really believe that people listened to the song and it gave them perspective. It really means the world to me just because it’s an important message and also very personal to me.”

Meanwhile, H.E.R has not revealed who the artists are who will feature on her EP, but it seems likely that DJ Khaled is lining up the links among the best of Reggae and Dancehall. The EP is expected to be released later this year.

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Phora – Slow Down

[Verse 1]
Yeah, life, I don’t know what it means
All I know is: when it’s over you’re free
See my boy caught a bullet inside his chest
I’m just hoping he breathes
I’m just hoping he was lucky as me
But I really hate to say it, man
Hope just ain’t enough sometimes
I’ve been moving fast, be pressing my luck some times
My grandpa passed away, I never got to say my goodbyes
Wish I could, see him again even for just one time
And I promise, I won’t say "I’m busy" and make excuses
And I won’t show up late and leave early like I used to
And I won’t take the word you said for granted
I would use them, But why we never show
How much we love them til’ we lose them?
Slow Down..

[Hook]
I just think I need to slow down
I just think I need to slow it down
I just think I need to slow down
I just think I need to slow it down
You feel, what I feel
I think I’m moving way too fast
Lately, fast lately
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down
Down, down
Homie I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down

[Verse 2]
Yeah, to me you worth more than the stars and the planets
This for all the times that I took you for granted
This for all the times I ain’t never had time
Missed you on your birthday, I know that we planned it
I was too into myself to love those around me
Drowning in my loneliness hoping they don’t surround me
Swallow me whole and drown me
I lost myself and you found me
You the only one that pushed me
When everybody would doubt me
Since a kid mama, had my back through all the crazy shit I did mama
You responsible for everything this is mama
But I been really trynna change the way I live, Imma’
They way I live, Imma’
Show you why I appreciate you, take the time
But you know the son of yours just couldn’t wait to shine
She said: "You so focused on taking on the world that you forgot your hometown
You been moving too fast, you really need to slow down"
And that’s real..

[Hook]
I just think I need to slow down
I just think I need to slow it down
I just think I need to slow down
I just think I need to slow it down
You feel, what I feel
I think I’m moving way too fast
Lately, fast lately
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down
Down, down
Homie, I’ve been trynna’ slow down, slow down