In 2016, H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) embarked on a career behind a veil of anonymity, stripping down her brand to that of true artistry. H.E.R. symbolizes a unified voice for all women, an unwavering community of support and a force to be reckoned with. The result of this relinquished personal identity and focus on melody, lyricism, and anonymous camaraderie is a profoundly deep connection between H.E.R. and her listeners.
Following the success of her 2016 and 2017 EPs, H.E.R. Volume 1 & 2, Gabi Wilson revealed that she was the woman behind H.E.R. Despite Wilson’s identity revelation, H.E.R. continues to be a prominent and unifying feminist voice in music. As Wilson gears up from her debut album, she has blessed us with a precursory six-song EP titled I Used to Know Her: The Prelude, released August 3. The EP is a true embodiment of H.E.R., both musically and symbolically. A testament to women everywhere, H.E.R. paints her canvas with a dynamic range of emotional shades, representing the constantly evolving feminine experience.
In the opening track, “Lost Souls” featuring D.J. Scratch, Wilson pays homage to Lauryn Hill’s “Lost Ones,” as she spits feminist-themed bars, evoking a sense of strength and empowerment. In the following track “Against Me,” Wilson presents a different perspective, that of trust lost and ignoring one’s intuition. Stand-out track “Could’ve Been (feat. Bryson Tiller)” showcases the pair’s velvety vocals and impressive abilities. As the duo reminisces on what could have been over relaxed beats and building a cappella harmonies, both riff through their ranges with outstanding grace and control. Opposed to her silky-smooth ballads, H.E.R. completes the EP with a chilled upbeat feel in “As I Am.” With another stroke of dynamism, we see an optimistic outlook on self and love realized. In a final nod to feminist empowerment, she proudly closes with “You know I’m the best, I am. He’d be a fool to not take me as I am, I am.”
Take a listen to the full EP below!