You need to listen to the Kiddo EP by Jessie Reyez because it will make you feel all the feelings
Toronto, ON – At the end of last week, Toronto songstress Jessie Reyez dropped a brand new EP titled Kiddo.
The 7-track project was executive produced by Tim Suby and serves as a raw, emotive, in-depth offering of Jessie’s artistry. Up until this point, we’ve only seen two singles from Jessie – “Figures” and “Shutter Island” – as well as a bunch of features with Allan Rayman, and a handful of appearances with other artists like Junia-T and Arin Ray.
Stream the EP below via Spotify, and read our in-depth review of the project after the jump.
The EP kicks off by introducing us to Jessie’s more unstable side with “F**k It” and the previously released single “Shutter Island”.
“F**k It” is a fiery EP opener about the volatile, emotional aftermath of getting cheated on. Jessie boasts about smashing her lover’s Corvette as a generous alternative to blowing her lover’s brains out: “Fuck it/ You’re lucky I didn’t roll it/ You’re lucky I didn’t blow your brains out/ Fuck it/ Remember back when I told ya/ That I’m a loca Colombiana.”
Then “Shutter Island” comes in as the second track on the EP and a nod to the Dicaprio film of the same name. The song is very spooky and very crazy. Jessie claims that her lover left her because she was too crazy. And now she’s even crazier, as a result. So this is a chicken-egg dilemma… like… which came first? Was Jessie already crazy when she met her lover? Or did her lover leaving her make her crazy?
Third on the track listing, “Blue Ribbon” is one of the most important listens on the project. Jessie dives into the dynamics of her relations with people. It’s a turn-up banger about getting what’s yours and doing it without having to deal with leeches. It’s also a warning shot fired at anyone who wants to go at Jessie or her people… Jessie Reyez dead ass says she will shoot you if you get within 10 feet of her family. She also uses this song to give daps to her go-to producer Tim Suby, who executive produced the Kiddo EP: “All of these boys/ They callin’ me pretty/ Who’s your producer? Producer is Timmy/ And I don’t need nothin’, I just need my whiskey/ Toronto, Toronto, Toronto, my city.”
Then love comes crashing down as Jessie bares her heart and soul on “Figures.” This is the single that actually got people paying attention to Jessie in the first place. Basically, some guy ripped Jessie’s heart out. And as much as she still loves him, she also wishes she could make him hurt as badly as he made her hurt. This song redefined “soul” in 2017. You’ll hurt after you hear this, even if you don’t have anything to hurt about. You’ll want to seek revenge and make your ex feel your pain… even if you A) ended on good terms with your ex, or B) don’t even have an ex.
One of the most raw tracks on the EP is the fifth track “Gatekeeper”. The song is a real talk commentary on how fame (sometimes) works. It has little to do with skill, and more to do with who you f**k. It’s like ‘What would you do for a Klondike bar?’ but for females entering the music industry. And sadly, usually that means opening up your legs and sexualizing yourself in order to get people to give you the time of day. Jessie takes on the role of the “Gatekeeper”, commanding the females to spread their legs and suck dick in order to get rich and famous. This is actually an incredibly empowering song. Because it’s pretty much implied that Jessie isn’t taking that route to get her fame. And it’s a reminder that you can actually just stay about your own business. You don’t need to screw anyone to make it.
“Columbian King & Queen” serves as a a brief phone conversation interlude to lead into the final track “Great One.” As the closing track on the EP, “Great One” brings the whole project full circle. This is the hopeful, dream-chaser anthem of the album. It’s Jessie’s mission statement; and her hope to take on the world.
She claims she wants to be a “Great One”. But girl’s already made it there. This EP is a masterpiece.