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Jessie Reyez - Yessie

Updated: Feb 4, 2023


Jessie Reyez AKA Jessica Reyez was born June 12, 1991, to Colombian parents, in Toronto, Canada. She was a dedicated dance student before she developed a passion for music: studying hip-hop dance from junior high to high school. By the time she graduated, Reyez began composing deep tracks, performing on the streets and in Toronto clubs.





She moved to Miami with her parents, but after securing a position as a bartender, she discovered that the city's party-scene was suffocating her originality. Sometime after, a video she recorded for a song received massive views online, she then returned to Toronto and joined the Remix Project. The Remix Project is a program designed for the underprivileged and minorities, teaching young adults about music and art.

Reyez met hip-hop artist King Louie through the Remix Project. In 2014, they teamed up on a song they authored together called 'Living in the Sky', eventually, Reyez was asked to lend her lyricism and singing skills to artists like Diplo, Chance the Rapper, Babyface and Skrillex.



'Figures', her first hit single, was released in 2016. The following April, she launched a full album- 'Kiddo', tracks include 'Fuck it', 'Shutter Island', 'Blue Ribbon', 'Figures', 'Gate Keeper', Columbian King & Queen and 'Great One'.


Reyez shares a story from her past in "Gatekeeper," a second track on Kiddo.

Misandry and physical molestation are prevalent in the music industry's underbelly.

She believes that a woman's efforts and abilities should be recognized. Although she does not condemn anyone who chooses a different path, she emphasizes that people do not have to accept the notion that taking the wrong path is necessary to succeed. "What it does take is hard work, dedication, and an inner circle of ride or die people who genuinely give a fuck about you and your wellbeing."

Reyez received a Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2018, and later collaborated with; Black Atlass on "Sacrifice," which appeared on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, Daniel Caesar in the single "Figures, A Reprise." and Calvin Harris in the single "Hard to Love", Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1 album.






She was later enlisted by Eminem for two songs on his album Kamikaze, "Good Guy" and "Nice Guy," as well as a second reunion with Eminem on 'Coffin' (her album 'BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US'). She also emerged on "Promises," a collaboration single by Sam Smith and Calvin Harris.



Being Human in Public was released October 19, 2018. The seven track album gave us hits like 'Saint Nobody', 'Apple Juice', 'Sola', 'F***d by friends', 'Dear Yessie', "Imported" (In this line, Jessie is referring to her Canadian-Colombian roots) and "Body Count,"(What’s your kill count? How many people have you slept with? How many people have you fucked? That is your body count or your kill count.) a collaboration with Normani and Kehlani. The EP was shortlisted for a Grammy in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album and won a Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.






Reyez makes her directorial debut in this single- 'Fraud', released

June 24, 2022, alongside co-director Emma Higgins. The vivid clip features Reyez and a group of women who paint the walls red with blood while dealing with a couple of devilish men. They soon find themselves in a lush setting, where flowers bloom, making their own kind of Garden of Eden, free from the evil. While the song marks the return of Reyez’s solo work, she also made a cameo on Beyoncé’s Black Is King visual album in 2020.

In both song and video, "Fraud" tells the tale of forbidden love, with the songstress finding herself underneath the control of an unknown force that ceaselessly drags her back to a person who doesn't love her as she does. Reyez embodies frailty as a way to end the cycle of harsh sentimentality and finally free herself.


"Yessie" is the title of her most recent album, launched September 16, 2022. The eleven track album gives hits such as 'Forever', 'Adios Amore', 'Only One', 'Mutual Friend', 'Mood', 'Break me down', 'Still C U', 'Tito's', 'Queen St W', 'Hittin' and 'Emotional detachment demo' . Since its publication, the album has received favorable reactions and gaining popularity due to its excellent track selection.


In "Mutual Friend," the singer is entrenched in her position, unmoved by her ex's attempts to make amends. With lines like, "Our mutual friend said you've been calling / And said you're sorry and said you wish we could talk / Well guess what? / You're about seven months late," her message is crystal-clear repentance is really not required in the process of letting go.




Her music is a source of inspiration and solace. Her identity sharpens her diversity, with success honed by her sharp wit, which is further emphasized by her spirit.

"ADIÓS AMOR" is a twin turn of phrase meant for the loss of an ex partner and the relieve of the concept of feeling love. Reyez finally let go of his angst, worry, and desire for an ideal match and relationship in this symbolic song.


Finally, "Forever" is another artistic piece that has received a lot of attention, released September 16, 2022. ​​​​​​​​"Forever," was co-produced by Jessie and Pomo and featuring 6lack. We find Jessie Reyez and 6lack trading great vocal harmonies and melody, making it one of the album's standout tracks. Jessie expresses her desire to spend the future with a love interest, and 6lacks expresses feelings on the track.




Lyrics from Genius


[Intro: Unknown]

Oh, somebody!

Oh, somebody!

Oh, somebody!

Oh, somebody!


[Verse 1: Jessie Reyez]

Passwords

That means you love me, I can give you what you ask for

Say you need a shooter, I can do it from the half-court

I can change your life up, painting murals on your passport (Louie)

Future kids all on the dashboard


[Pre-Chorus: Jessie Reyez]

Ooh

I like every flaw I see in you

This is all new

But I hope I got what you need too

(I hope I got what you need)


[Chorus: Jessie Reyez]

'Cause sometimes somebody loves somebody

But that body don't love 'em back

And it's easy to say that you didn't know

You didn't know what you had

But you don't, you're educated

You know that they don't make 'em

Like me anymore

So you pull me in close and say


[Post-Chorus: Jessie Reyez]

Stay forevеr

(I think you should put your bag down, you should never leavе)

Baby, you should stay forever

(I think you should put your bag down, you should never leave)

Baby, you should stay forever

Forever, ah-ah-ah

Forever, ah-ah-ah-ah

Forever, ah-ah-ah

[Verse 2: 6LACK]

Passwords, passports

I'ma have to treat you like a landlord

I want you to stay, save the moment

Gotta put it on the camcorder

She a all-star, pornstar

Throw it up and catch it off the backboard

I'ma give you everything that you ask for

Like you kick down the door on some task force shit

Credit card numbers

Four digit pin, social security

You could be happy, you should be happy

Long as you here with me

They could never get between us

Said we would never ever leave us

That was a while ago


[Chorus: Jessie Reyez & 6LACK]

'Cause sometimes somebody loves somebody

But that body don't love 'em back

And it's easy to say that you didn't know

You didn't know what you had

But you don't, you're educated

You know that they don't make 'em

Like me anymore

So you pull me in close and say


[Post-Chorus: Jessie Reyez & 6LACK]

Stay forever

(I think you should put your bag down, you should never leave)

Baby, you should stay forever

(I think you should put your bag down, you should never leave)

Baby, you should stay forever

Forever, ah-ah-ah

Forever, ah-ah-ah-ah

Forever, ah-ah-ah

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