Tierra Whack Tops Off Her EP Trifecta With ‘R&B?’

Freddie Fine

Tierra Whack is looking more and more like the GOAT every day, following in Michael Jordan’s shoes with this legendary three-peat of EPs (Ironic, as her recent collaboration with Vans resembles more the shoes that Larry Bird wore while running up and down the court). Her prior releases, Pop? and Rap?, came on sequential Thursdays, rounded out by this one, R&B?. The three-week stretch, which she gave the name “Whack History Month,” will certainly go down in history.

Each EP contains not just their own sound, as indicated in the titles, but their own mood: Rap? was braggadocios, Pop? was romantic, and R&B? is somber. Instantly, R&B? stood out as the most breathtaking of the trio. It’s headlined by “Heaven,” a choir backed, solemn track. It features a video of Tierra Whack under an umbrella, with a pulsating bulb around her coinciding with the bass. She yearns to reach Heaven, to be reunited with “all [her] favorite people.” 

This theme continues on the successive track, “Cutting Onions.” Tierra shared this image to her Instagram story - presumably of her Grandmother, as she sings on the chorus, “Grandma died, I was cutting up onions / I ain't wanna talk about nothing / I ain't wanna think about nothing / Can you hear me crying?” 

It provides further context for “Heaven” as Tierra’s grandmother is one of the figures she desires to see once again. The sample lead beat by J Melodic is the perfect compliment to Tierra’s lyricism, as she delves further on the verses into the depression and family struggles that succeeded the death of her Grandmother. 

The final track, “Sorry,” is my favorite off of all the EPs, touching on the emotional pulls of a relationship. Tierra Whack struggles to balance self caring and caring for a significant other during what is clearly a difficult time for her. It is the only track not produced by J Melodic, opting for Kenete Simms - a similar concept on the other EPs, as both have one track not produced by J Melodic. This difference is apparent as the song is, ironically, much more melodic, and less bass driven. 

When positioned side by side, the albums of all three EPs show three figures crying while holding hands. It is seemingly on a stage with the curtains drawn, as a production may do after a show. However, if you look at each EP on Apple Music, the covers are gifs, showing the curtains closing. It’s a sly but significant factor on the impact of the releases - potentially signaling the end of an era for Tierra Whack, or even the end of her career. While the former brings much excitement, the latter is a frightening thought. No matter what direction Tierra’s career takes her, it will undoubtedly be followed by immense success. 

Listen to the newest of the EP trilogy below:

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