Queen Naija has transitioned from YouTube and reignited her life-long passion for music. You may know her for the Billboard Hot 100 charter “Medicine”. The song originally served as a personal life update for those who kept up with her on social media. According to Queen, ” I mostly did it because I knew people wanted to know what was going on with me and my ex, and I wanted to tell them myself why I wasn’t with him anymore.”
“Be confident, but not prideful. We all fall, and if you are too high up, chances are you may never recover from the fall.”– Queen Naija
For Queen, music was always a space to channel creativity. A child of the church, songwriting soon followed in grade school. At eighteen, she went on to audition for American Idol before finding Youtube fame. But more recently, the now 22-year-old Detroit native dropped another single titled “Karma”, a song centered around self-redemption and healing.
“Karma” translating her insecurities into a contemporary anthem of healing and self-redemption with jazzy undertones. Pianos develop a somber yet solemn foundation for Queen to echo her emotional indifference. The chorus embodies moments exhaustion and blunt honesty: “You don’t gotta worry about me / It’s clear you’re unhappy / Go ahead and have your fun now / just remember what goes around comes around”. “Karma” works to be a contemporary alteration of Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around / Comes Around”, Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy” and Ciara’s “Like A Boy”.
“For me, it’s about changing people’s perspectives and letting them know they’re not alone in whatever they’re going through,” she explains. “I want to make music that captures people, that gets into your soul—the kind of songs you need to keep playing over and over.”
One thing is for sure, Queen’s debut will be strongly emotive and personal. In the meantime, follow Queen on social media @QueenNaija.