H.E.R.’s Feminist Mantra Rings Strong in ‘I Used to Know Her: The Prelude’

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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.  

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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! 

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