NEW MUSIC: JAZMINE SULLIVAN | TRAGIC
Jazmine Sullivan has shared a new single called “Tragic.” Sullivan wrote her new single with Dutch-born R&B singer-songwriter Leven Kali, who also produced the track. It’s built around the phrase “reclaiming my time,” which became a meme and, as Vox put it, “a catchphrase for commentary on the Trump administration, racism, misogyny, and other progressive issues,” when California Congresswoman Maxine Waters used it to cut off Secretary-Treasurer Steve Mnuchin when he was stalling during a 2017 deposition. “Tragic” begins with a sample of that moment and proceeds to excoriate a lover whose performance is disappointing Sullivan. A purposeful midtempo glide, the song boasts a nasty bassline and some magnificent vocal outbursts from Sullivan. The singer and songwriter previously announced the track earlier on Tuesday with a teaser clip on Instagram. The video finds Sullivan chatting with her friends about sex—an extension of the conversational theme surrounding her last album, "Heaux Tales." Sullivan issued "Heaux Tales" early this year. Following its release, Sullivan performed a “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert,” sang the national anthem alongside Eric Church at Super Bowl LV.