The gifts keep coming from GRAMMY-nominated multi-hyphenate rapper, singer, songwriter and poet Tierra Whack, as she releases her third EP this month, R&B?, on Interscope Records. The three-song EP boasts production from Tierra’s frequent collaborator J Melodic (also known for work with Pink Sweat$); the pair was recently profiled by NPR for the second season of “The Formula.” R&B?’s arrival includes Tierra’s newest music video for “Heaven,” directed by Alex Lill. The poignant clip showcases Tierra’s skill with symbolism, crafting a mournful mood to match the song’s somber sentiment as her sung vocals shine.
R&B? is the third installment of Tierra’s 2021 EP series, following Rap? and Pop? earlier this month. Both drew critical praise from outlets including Teen Vogue, Consequence and NPR for elevating Tierra’s groundbreaking storytelling style. Rolling Stone acclaimed the “succinct distillation of Tierra Whack’s hypercompetitive spirit, enriched by some smart, introspective gems,” while ThisSongisSick perhaps said it best, simply asking, “Will Tierra ever stop impressing us?” She is also featured on the cover of New Music Daily on Apple Music.
Amid the new releases, Tierra also launched her first collaboration with Vans on Dec. 3. In conjunction with the iconic sneaker and apparel giant, Tierra and her stylist Shirley Kurata curated a 1980s-inspired collection that reflects Tierra’s unique approach to music and fashion, described as a “mélange of colors, shapes, patterns, and phrases that explores limitless creativity.” Each piece also bears a signature mantra: “Weird Hype And Creative Kids” (“WHACK” for short).
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