With this year being a prominent year for the R&B vibes, it just got even better courtesy of Jamaican artist Masego. Along with Giveon, Jhene Aiko, Kehlani, and a multitude of artists that blessed us this year with new efforts, Masego made the executive decision to join the party. Today, he drops off his project Studying Abroad — a tropical journey through every stage of a relationship, from beginning to end, and shows off a new and reflective side of the musical decoder. The highly-anticipated seven track effort shows Masego evolving in real-time, an expansion both in terms of production choice and collaborative artists.
Studying Abroad EP is the official follow up to Lady Lady, Masego’s 2018 debut that firmly put the singer-producer-instrumentalist on the map — or all over the map to be precise. In almost two years since its release, Masego has toured the world, headlined sold out tours, and starred on festival stages across every continent but Antartica. Honestly, the album was no less than a huge success.
“Tadow,” the lead single, has since then surpassed half a billion streams and been certified gold by the RIAA. That same song has been used in over two million videos on TikTok and the project cemented him as a name to watch in the prospering generation of like-minded black musicians, with features and collaborations across projects from the likes of Kehlani, Dreamville, KAYTRANADA and more.
In a sit down with GQ, Masego spoke on some of his major influences being women:
“I play basketball and football and all that with a bunch of other men, but that doesn’t impact me emotionally. For me, men aren’t people you go to when you want to be asked how you feel. Especially out here, in a very black, macho place, but a woman who’s real will bare all and that really grows you. A father will definitely be more impactful, but there’s something about women, there is a different growth within you.”
Peep Studying Abroad below and let us know what you think!