Up and coming R&B artist Raahiim steps into the spotlight with his new EP “ii Knew it Better.” The nine track project features the singles “You Love Me” and “Who Is He.” Both tracks helped Raahiim gain a following when they were released in November. The remainder of the album is impressive, boasting the melodic ballads “Millions” and “Twos”, as well as the dance tracks “On You” and “Magic City.” Raahiim spared no expense when putting the project together. The singer/songwriter enlisted the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer Nineteen85, who is best known for his work on Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, “One Dance” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” While the album is an incredible work of art, it’s easy to understand the buzz over his talent and the unavoidable comparisons to The Weeknd. Both artists have a sort of melancholy moodiness that keeps listeners on the edge of their seat and coming back for another listen. The powerful lyrics can’t be ignored either. Without question “ii Knew it Better” showcases the talent of an artist who has a bright future ahead of him. Riah Dawn just released the single “The Tea”, which indicates listeners will get some dirt out of the song the moment they press play. However, what felt like it might be a dis track off the title alone was a complete switch flip on what we have come to think of when we heard the phrase “the tea.” In a world where we can’t turn our phone on without hearing something negative about ourselves or someone else, especially with everything going on in the world, Riah calls out those with hateful motives in a blatant show of love and respect for the person being hated. This empowerment song is one every woman needs in her playlist arsenal when the trolls try to win. Whether you have real life drama or social media haters, “The Tea” plays on other words and your own emotions, turning either sadness or anger into motivation for you to go get your life. What makes Riah stand out in a sea of women empowerment movement is her softer, R&B spin on what MCs are shouting about themselves. This song is directed to the listener as if it were a heart to heart in the living room, at the coffee house, or at the salon, making it unique and marketable. After such a promising start, it’ll be interesting to see what Riah does in the future. Listen to “The Tea” below.

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