Connect with us


Masego’s Sounds Fully Mature on ‘Lady Lady’

His latest is a deep dive into “TrapHouseJazz.”




Lady Lady 


Masego’s newest album shows a different and more mature side his vocal and arrangement. Unlike his first full length album, “Loose Thoughts,” the Jamaican-American musician taps into multiple genres and a variety of sources for inspiration.

“Lady Lady” accomplishes trick that average rappers couldn’t master, and the genres intertwined within the 14 songs indicate it may be the ideal soundtrack for fall.

The 25-year-old musician and artist writes his own lyrics and also plays a multitude of instruments, including saxophone, piano and the trombone. His personality shines through the words and phrases effortlessly.

On “Had a Vision,” Masego raps, “Take all my thoughts and my ideas/wall so thick call her Ikea.” The record is a self-described “ode to women” who Masego has either loved or admired. His humor is present throughout and provides a unique aspect to the work.

The album begins with a fully instrumental track titled “Silk,” before leading into some detailed and deeply produced songs. There is no cohesive or similar backing sound to every song on the album, which makes it more diverse and refreshing.

On “Old Age – SiR,” Masego is able to tap into his powerful and passionate side, which recalls Chance the Rapper. Although comparisons aren’t much use with a diverse talent like his, it is clear that Masego has been inspired by artists like J Cole and Tito.

Masego agrees that this new work is unlike anything he has released before.

“My previous projects have different energy, and I feel like I’ve graduated to a more mature version of myself — my beard’s almost connected, my man body’s comin’ in,” Masego explained to Billboard magazine. He calls the new sound “TrapHouseJazz.”

“Lady Lady” makes an important connection between R&B and jazz. It’s groovy, but it is also soulful and full of life. Through the intricate jazz beats and layered vocals, you can clearly hear how Masego is influenced by different genres and musicians.  

Throughout, wind instruments are accompanied by a variety of beats and catchy piano melodies. Masego plays off of these sounds as if he is improvising,  as in “Shawty Fishin,” but he also equally conveys emotions through his vocals.

Guests such as Tiffany Gouche and De’Wayne Jackson work with him on the record, but Masego undeniably shines through the guest appearances. There are a variety of feelings and themes presented, as if he’s taking us through the different stages of his life.

“Lavish Lullaby” seems to be coming from the point of view of a hopeless romantic, while “Black Love” talks about his wedding day. It is as if the album transports listeners from one time period in his life to the next or as if Masego is daydreaming about the future.

“Lady Lady” is an album up for interpretation regarding its messages, but the power of the music eventually pulls it through.

If you obsess over singers and bands, and are one of those people who make a playlist for every occasion, join CMN’s Music Journalism Course and get real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to music industry insiders, and a great place to display build your portfolio. Get all the details on the Music Journalism Course here.

Alessandra is a music journalist originally from the New York area, who loves to speak and write about music of all different genres. The world of sound is filled with endless possibilities and experiences that both fans and musicians should recognize.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

In the Hot Seat19 hours ago

Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for his role in the hush-money...

by , Mercy College
Entertainment1 day ago

Ambani-Piramal Wedding Celebrations include Beyonce and Hillary Clinton

India's richest man's daughter gets married.

by , Mercy College
National News2 days ago

Fatalities Reported at Strasbourg Christmas Market Shooting, Suspect Still at Large

France has currently upgraded their security threat level after terrorist attack leaves at least 12 injured

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
Academics1 week ago

Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill Faces More Trouble Over U.N. Speech

The Temple University professor is under fire from Temple for a U.N. speech critical of Israel.

by , The Catholic American University
National News3 weeks ago

Michigan State University Ex-President Charged in Larry Nassar Case

The investigation continues.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Food3 weeks ago

CDC Warns Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid Another E. coli Outbreak

If you were planning on having a side salad this Thanksgiving, think again.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Academics3 weeks ago

Michael Bloomberg Donates $1.8 Billion to Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg's gift is one of the largest ever donations to higher education, but it hasn't garnered the praise that the...

by , University of Pittsburgh
Education3 weeks ago

Betsy DeVos Reinterprets Title IX: Victims Must Bear the Burden of Proof

Opponents of the policy say that it would favor the accused over the accuser.

by , University of Pittsburgh

Top Reads