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June 07, 2018

Ravyn Lenae

At 19, R&B singer Ravyn Lenae knows how to channel her heartache. The Chicago-born artist's latest EP, Crush, proves that young people know love's perils just as well as the older and wiser. Her music recreates the merry-go-round of falling in love, even when you know it's with the wrong person.

"'Sticky' is about reaching a point in a relationship where you both realize you guys shouldn't be dating, but you're doing it anyway just because you like to have that sense of just being able to be honest with the person and comfortable with the person," Lenae says of the project's lead single. "You kind of ignore all of the signs and red flags because you really want to like the person."

Lenae associates the colors red and pink with Crush because they represent two sides of love. Red's intensity provides a foil to pink's innocence and vulnerability. For the artist, these two sides of love can be blinding.

"I think it's hard to leave a relationship that you shouldn't be in," Lenae says. "It's a self thing, & not really realizing your worth & how much you deserve in love."

When asked what does she want people to get out of her music,  Ravyn said:

I hope that they can connect to my music, but also with me as a person. It’s one thing to listen to a song and like the lyrics, but it’s another to take that and dissect me as a person. I think that would mean the world to me. If people can listen to my music and take that extra step to figure out who I am…even outside of Chicago, I want to be that sense of hope.

Ravyn Lenae has accomplished some much and she's still coming harder. We call this the Come Up!