Artists of the week: Jeremih
Jeremih is a pop-R&B musician, composer and singer from Chicago who had a very promising beginning in his recording career. Not only his first two LPs, 2009’s eponymous and 2010’s All About You (both produced by Mick Schultz), were crossovers hits as he managed to put three of his singles in the Top 10 of the Billboard: “Birthday Sex”, “Down on Me” (featuring 50 Cent) and “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (co-produced by DJ Mustard and featuring YG). In spite of a mixtape, a split EP with Shlohmo and some high-profile collaborations, the truth is that the last five years have hardly been what Jeremih would have wished for his rising career.
Out of the blue, Late Nights: The Album finally dropped in the beginning of December with guest spots from J. Cole, Future, Big Sean, and Ty Dolla $ign, among others. This release with zero advance warning ended up being the perfect way to surprise the world with a much-delayed collection of songs that are the perfect companion to both Miguel’s and The Weeknd’s in this year’s great male R&B records. Frank Ocean should really watch the throne.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.