fantasii

by MHYSA

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about

MHYSA - fantasii (HALC014)

MHYSA steps forward for her full-length debut album, fantasii, out July 21st on Halcyon Veil.

Prolific as one half of the Philadelphia performance and sound art group SCRAAATCH, fantasii finds MHYSA in full flex, exploring the titular notion of fantasy via themes of vulnerability, denial, and Black femme agency. MHYSA’s songs speak a contemporary language of rattling, clattering club drums and synthesizers, underscoring her spoken, sung, and sampled vocals with a throbbing presence. This is club music in the most essential sense of the word: it contains not only a sense of place, but of solace, and most clearly, resolution. MHYSA describes fantasii as being similar to an inverted Dante’s Inferno, where instead of journeying deeper into Hell, the album is the soundtrack of Mhysa traveling in the opposite direction.

Of fantasii, MHYSA says:

"This debut album is an epic poem, like a reverse Dante's Inferno, where I take the listener higher, upward through my hopes, dreams, inspirations, and desires. It represents my love for Black women and femmes, as the stories are all told from our perspectives. When writing the album, I kept asking myself: what are the fantasies of Black women and femmes? What do I feel denied because I am a Black woman? Many of the songs I wrote for the album reflect those questions, as they show the protagonist wanting to be vulnerable, to be loved, wanting to fight, to be glorious, to have power, and to own their body and sexuality.

"The album's primary material is the Black woman's voice (including my own). I thought a lot about the Black women and femmes I admire, and their music and our shared Black history that continuously builds the pop culture landscape. Janet Jackson, Donna Summers, Beyoncé, TLC and Prince are all referenced, and my friend Diamond Stingily, a poet and artist from Chicago, did a freestyle for the album. There's a skit featuring Harriet Tubman (as performed on the show Underground) as well as a song for Doris Payne, the notorious jewel thief. Being a Black american woman from the american south, I wanted to draw on my roots and my history. My grandfather was a gospel blues musician and "Glory Be Black" is almost a gospel blues song, only it was written for the wayward. "Bb" was styled after 90s r'n'b songs and "STROBE" is a rap song made for the strip club.

"Anti-White Supremacy statements are expressed (especially on "Minty's Interlude"), not in a way that is meant to inform or raise awareness, but to acknowledge that Black people have been terrorized globally since the advent of slavery. I'm not giving up my rage, but I need joy so much more, I need my spirit strong in this battle and so do other Black folks. There has been a war going on our whole lives, a war that started when the first slave was brought to shore -- and we have been living, regardless. This album is for Black people (and Black women and femmes especially) that want to live and rejoice because we are still alive, even if the war is far from won."

credits

released July 21, 2017

Creative Director: E. Jane

Cover Art:
Creative Direction and Design, E. Jane
MUA, Allison McDaniel
Photographer, Naima Green
Hair Stylist, Edamame Drame
Flower Arrangement, Snapdragon Flowers (West Philadelphia)

Photography: Naima Green

Production:

MHYSA (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), lawd knows (Tracks 3, 5, 6)

Lyrics:

MHYSA (Tracks 2,3,5,6), Diamond Stingily (Track 7)

Vocals:

MHYSA (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8), Diamond Stingily (Track 7)

Mastering/Engineering: Al Carlson @ Lazer Sound Creative

Writeup: Will Ballantyne

halcyonveil.com

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MHYSA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MHYSA is a Queer Black Diva and underground popstar for the cyber resistance from Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Track Name: Special Need
We have a special need
To feel that we belong
Come with me inside
Inside my velvet rope

We have a special need
To feel that we belong
Come with me inside
Inside my velvet rope
Track Name: spectrum
You told me the sky was green

I believed those things
I believed those things

I hide in the spaces
Where mothers can’t see

Cause I believed those things
I believed those things

So stay with me bae
I wanna be naive
build me a spectrum only we can see

stay with me bae
I wanna be naive
The sky could be yellow
I’ll believe those things

stay with me bae
I wanna be naive
The sky could be yellow
I’ll believe those things

I’ll believe those things

I’ll believe those things
Track Name: TONIGHT
Tonight I'll be your naughty girl
I'm callin' all my girls
We're gonna turn this party out
I know you want my body
Tonight I'll be your naughty girl I'm
Callin' all my girls
I see you look me up and down
And I came to party

I love to love you baby (I love to love you baby)
I love to love you baby (I love to love you baby)
I love to love you baby (I love to love you baby)
I love to love you baby (I love to love you baby)

Tonight
Track Name: STROBE
(Intro)
You know that feeling when you go into the club and start shakin ya ass and ppl start takin’ pics...or maybe that's just me…

So many pics
It's like I got my own strobe light
That flash from the back
got my ass lookin so right
So many pics
it's like I got my own strobe light

Click click click click click
(Repeat 1x)

So many pics
it's like I got my own strobe light
I pull up to the club
Walk right in, muthafuck a line
Soon as I hit the dance floor,
People pull their phones out
Somebody broke their neck
Tryna see
what all the fuss about

So many pics
It's like I got my own strobe light
That flash from the back
got my ass lookin so right
So many pics
it's like I got my own strobe light

Click click click click click

Click click click click
click click click click
click click click click
click click click click
Repeat

So many pics
It's like I got my own strobe light
That flash from the back
got my ass lookin' so right
So many pics
it's like I got my own strobe light

I mean, but it’s whateva.
Track Name: Bb
Do you ever think about it?
Do you ever think about it?
Do you ever...maybe, sometimes?
Maybe sometimes?
Do you think about it now?

Do you think about me now?

What about when ya cold at night,
Do you think about it then?
What about if you're lonely at night,
Do you think about it?
What about when you're too warm at night, Do you think about it then?
Your sweating and you get an ache one night, do you think about it?

Do you think about me now?
Do you think about me now?

Touchin me (Touchin me)
And kissen me (Kissen me)
Lovin me (lovin me)
Still lovin me (Still lovin me) x2
Still lovin me

What about when your restless at night,
Do you think about it then?
Maybe she just ain't hittin it right,
Do you think about it?
Do you think about me now?
Do you think about me now?

Touchin me (Touchin me)
And kissen me (Kissen me)
Lovin me (lovin me)
Still lovin me (Still lovin me)

Lovvvvinnnn meeeee
Lovin me

[Vocalizing]

Do you think about it baby?
Track Name: Siren song
Take a good look at it
Look at it now
Might be the last time you'll
Have a go round
I'll let you touch it if you'd
Like to go down
I'll let you go further
If you take the southern route
Don't go too fast
Don't go too slow
You've got to let your body flow
I like 'em attentive
And I like 'em in control

Baby it's yours
All yours
If you want it tonight
I'll give you the red light special
All through the night
Baby it's yours
All yours
If you want it tonight
Just come through my door
Take off my clothes
And turn on the red light

I know that you want me I can
See it in your eyes
You might as well be honest 'cause the
Body never lies
Tell me your secrets and I'll
I'll tell you mine
I'm feelin' quite sexy
And I want you for tonight
If I move too fast just let me know
'Cause it means you move too slow
I like some excitement
And I like a man that goes

Baby it's yours
All yours
If you want it tonight
I'll give you the red light special
All through the night
Baby it's yours
All yours
If you want it tonight
Just come through my door
Take off my clothes
And turn on the red light

If you want me
Let me know it
I'll make time but
You've got to show it
If you need me
I want to see
But don't mistake me
I don't want you down on your knees
I need someone a real man
I need someone who understands
I'm a woman a real woman
I know just what I want
I know just who I am

Baby it's yours
All yours
If you want it tonight
I'll give you the red light special
All through the night
Baby it's yours
All yours
If you want it tonight
Just come through my door
Take off my clothes
And turn on the red light