Last year, Mahalia delivered an EP to her fans titled Isolation Tapes, a three-track effort perfect for the quarantined life that we’re all still enduring in various degrees within the western world. Now, it looks as if she’s gearing up for a full-length release, as this week sees the new single “Jealous,” which features DMV star Rico Nasty and sees production from Daniel Cartisano, Cadenza, and Harry Edwards.
The track’s subject matter centers around the artists’ love ones being unsupportive of their careers and subsequent success:
“From the Southside, Summer’s outside, chillin’, westside, you know what I do, yeah, thick in my thighs too, baby, you’re so jealous of me, Topic Céline, drippin’ in Louis, patek on me, yeah-yeah/
Please don’t touch me, yeah-yeah, you say I don’t feel no way, baby, what you mean that I don’t feel no way? You want sympathy, but I don’t feel the same, all my bitches with me and we paved our way/”
“Jealous” sees an accompanying video that comes courtesy of director Melody Maker, and begins with a man — someone representing Mahalia’s former love interest, presumably — entering intro his modern, tech-heavy residence. Unfortunately for him, it’s the home’s smart abilities that allow Mahalia and Rico Nasty to infiltrate and manipulating everything within the house — from the water temperature during a shower to the home’s security system. Mix that in with some choreographed dancing and you have a dark-yet-very entertaining clip for fans to enjoy.
Mahalia’s last official LP was 2019’s Love and Compromise, which boasted 13 cuts and additional appearances from Lucky Daye, Ella Mai, Hamzaa, Terrace Martin, and Burna Boy. The album was a success where the songstress is born and raised, peaking within the top 30 and top 3 of the UK Albums and R&B Albums charts, respectively.
Enjoy “Jealous” below.