Eclectic artist Masego has released “Passport,” an intriguing, genre-bending single which marks the first taste of his forthcoming EP. Alongside the song, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer, shared a dreamy visualizer.
“Passport” kicks off Masego’s latest musical project, in which he will journey “through every aspect of a relationship, from beginning to end, showing off a new and reflective side.” According to a press release, the artist found the pandemic – and its resulting lockdown – to be a time of intense introspection, as well as sonic exploration. The result is his forthcoming concept EP – touted as his “most ambitious” effort to date.
The single marks Masego’s first new music since his 2018 full-length debut, Lady Lady. The album established the multitalented artist as a force to be reckoned with, and introduced many listeners to his unique musical style, which he has dubbed “TripHouseJazz.”
Following the release of Lady, Lady, Masego took his music on the road, headlining tours around the globe, and performing on festival stages across nearly every continent.
The album’s lead single, “Tadow,” meanwhile, has surpassed half a billion streams and been certified gold by the RIAA – thanks in part to its popularity on TikTok, where it has appeared in over two million videos.
Critics took notice of Masego’s unique style as well. Pitchfork called his music “sophisticated, steeped in 1980s quiet-storm R&B with hints of smooth jazz along the fringes.” They went on to call the album “a grand coming-of-age record that displays the playful and reflective halves of Masego, illuminating his versatile nature with the promise of more to come.”
Since then, Masego has collaborated with a variety of artists, appearing on songs by The Game, KAYTRANADA, Kehlani, and Ro James, among others. Masego has also produced tracks for multiple acts, including rising R&B star Ari Lennox.
Most recently, Masego performed “Queen Tings” (from Lady Lady) at the 2020 BET Awards. The song, which celebrates the beauty and resilience of Black women, was the second-most Shazamed track at the virtual ceremony.