Jada Imani weaves a lustrous web of downtempo RnB and conscious-centered lyrics in her latest release, “Ring, Ring!” The Bay Area-based MC and rapper embraces themes of spiritual growth and self-expression in her music and continues deeper on this ethereal journey in her new EP. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jada Imani also cultivates local community and culture by way of articles and podcasts that focus on topics in the realm of identity, philosophy, culture, personal healing, and social/systemic change (available on her Patreon).
Throughout the 5-track “Ring, Ring!” EP, Jada Imani tells her story of metaphorically putting down the phone and taking some personal time to explore artistic and personal growth before calling back. “I had insane writers’ block the first few months of quarantine, despite the pressures to write and be creative.” she shared with me. “When I finally broke through the block, I wrote the first two songs “Call You Back” and “Hold On” – it was like writing myself out of paranoia and back to clarity and sanity. It was so challenging to say those things as there was so much fear and vulnerability.”
With restored inspiration, Jada goes on to explain how it can be tricky to balance emotion with artistic sound, “It is a tricky negotiation I make as an artist to capture raw emotion (even the scary ones) and put out new and refreshing vibrations. Apparently I had to get the heavy ones out in order for the rest of the project to lift. More grace entered in the third song “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” so that the last full song (“Ring, Ring!”) could really be a track of light, warmth and motivation.”
As her first solo project, “Ring, Ring!” is the product of Jada’s confidence and growth that’s occurred during the pandemic-related shelter-in-place orders. She worked with three producers on the EP, and she helped compose “Outro,” which was brought to life with the help of her sound engineer; “The last track was a sonic brainchild of mine made of the beat produced by Triimurtii but remixed by the project’s engineer JAY3M. I would hum or sing the beat and JAY3M was able to make it sound just like it. We went back and forth until it translated sonically.“