Fast-rising R&B songstress Kiana Ledé has released her debut album, KIKI, via Republic Records. The first full-length follows three EPs from the Arizona-native, including 2015’s Soulfood Sessions, 2018’s Selfless, and last year’s Myself.
— Kiana Ledé (@KianaLede) April 3, 2020
On the record, which spans 17 tracks that run for 49 minutes, Ledé remains infinitely confident in her velvety portrayals of millennial love and bittersweet heartbreak. She aptly revamps much of the ‘90s R&B sound, coming full circle with her interpolation of OutKast’s “So Fresh So Clean” on lead single “Mad At Me.” While she carries the project entirely with her silky-smooth intonation, she’s equally recruited a slew of fellow R&B heavyweights like rising Dreamville signee Ari Lennox, GRAMMY-nominated Lucky Daye, 6LACK, Col3trane, Arin Ray, and more. Though the R&B genre often feels limited by its recycled tales of love and heartbreak, Ledé takes a much-needed contemporary twist on the genre, giving listeners something unique to chew on.
You can stream KIKI below.
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