“How does it feel to be held accountable,” DMV singer Ayoka sings on her latest track “Need To Know.” The song, which gives me serious ’90s R&B vibes, is the first track I’ve heard from her. Her vocals remind me a bit of Aaliyah, which is always a good thing for me (it’s no secret that Aaliyah is one of my favorite artists).
Subject-wise, the track reminds me of something I’d hear from another SOTB favorite, Staasia Daniels. It’s less about the sexiness or the “[people] ain’t shit” energy and more about the “I need a whole love, can you provide it for me” energy. It’s always refreshing and welcome to hear a track more about aligning energies and aligning interests. Don’t get me wrong: I love the “[people] ain’t shit” songs, too. But R&B shouldn’t be just those types of songs.
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