So, Mahalia is officially our reigning queen of sassy R&B slow jams.
The GRAMMY-nominated R&B star has returned with her brand new single, Letter To Ur Ex. It's a smooth earworm that will hit particularly hard for anyone whose had people slide into their significant other's DMs.
Laying her heart on the line, she makes her position clear as she sings; ‘Last night, you sent a text to him. Made us have a fight, made a mess of it. I know you’re his ex but you can’t do that anymore, close the door for me.”
Following on from previous releases Whenever You’re Ready and Roadside - of which the latter featured global rap sensation, AJ Tracey - Letter To Ur Ex offers a more retrospective side of Mahalia, fusing her knowledge and experience with maturation. Exploring, understanding and accepting every part of herself, Mahalia has taken her growth and merged it with her foundations; she has twisted her bases.
“I wrote ‘Letter to ur ex’ the morning after me and my guy had had a really bad argument due to a text that had been sent by his ex partner the night before.
I think when everybody begins a new relationship, it’s vital that it feels like a fresh start. Like everything before doesn’t really matter and the next journey begins now with only the two of you.
I realised through this experience that isn’t always the case. But, really, I just wanted to tell her how her actions were making me feel. How her gain in closure was my loss in love. And though I am also a woman who has felt all of those feelings before, I wanted to ask her to let him go so that I could hold him close. To close their old door so that I could open our new one.”
- Mahalia states of the track.
Co-directed and shot by Mahalia and British Director Oliver Kane, the luminous accompanying video sees Mahalia back-to-back with her partner in the bedroom, acting out her thoughts.