H.E.R. has finally released her highly-anticipated debut studio album, Back of My Mind.
Clocking in at an approximately one hour and 20 minutes, the 21-track effort includes guest appearances from the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, Lil Baby, Thundercat, Yung Bleu, DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller and YG, along with producers like Hit-Boy, KAYTRANADA, Cardiak, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Camper and more. “This collection of songs comes from feelings and thoughts that I’ve had in the back of mind,” H.E.R. said in a statement. “That’s where I live sometimes. Some things I talk about in my music and other things I may have been afraid to say or admit. I’m finding freedom in being truthful with expression.”
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the Filipino-American artist shared, ”I’m feeling this new creative freedom, and it’s not necessarily new, but it’s something I’m owning a lot more where thankfully people have seen my live performances and have seen all the things that I do, all the different types of music that I love, all the people that I love and am inspired by, and I’ve really brought it to this album.”
“I’ve been working on for the past two years, three years, there’s songs on there that I wrote in 2017 that I realized were perfect for this project. But I just was like, ‘Let’s just make good music. Let’s just make great music. Let’s just see what happens. Let’s not try to make this sound or try to make this sound, or, oh, it needs to be cohesive with this or consistent with this.’ It was like, ‘Let’s just make great music and have a good time. Let’s set the instruments up if we need to. Oh, let’s try this sound.” And that was the energy towards it.’”
Stream H.E.R.’s Back of My Mind on Spotify and Apple Music.