fantasii

by MHYSA

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Special Need 02:06
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spectrum 03:35
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
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TONIGHT 00:48
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
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STROBE 02:28
(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.
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Bb 06:11
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?
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Siren song 03:38
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
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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

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MHYSA Brooklyn, New York

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

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