The gifts keep coming from GRAMMY-nominated multi-hyphenate rapper, singer, songwriter, and poet Tierra Whack, as she releases her third EP this month, R&B?, out today (December 16) on Interscope Records.
The three-song EP boasts production from Tierra’s frequent collaborator J Melodic (also known for work with Pink Sweat$); the pair was recently profiled by NPR for the second season of “The Formula.” R&B?’s arrival includes Tierra’s newest music video for “Heaven,” directed by Alex Lill. The poignant clip showcases Tierra’s skill with symbolism, crafting a mournful mood to match the song’s somber sentiment as her sung vocals shine.
R&B? is the third installment of Tierra’s 2021 EP series, following Pop? and Rap? earlier this month. Rolling Stone described Rap? as the “succinct distillation of Tierra Whack’s hypercompetitive spirit, enriched by some smart, introspective gems,” while Consequence highlighted opening track “Stand Up” as their “Rap Song of the Week” and hailed it as “a reminder that she will never stop pushing forward.” The single also received a dazzling music video, directed by Daniel Brennan and shot in her hometown of Philadelphia.
The new music is the long-awaited follow-up to her groundbreaking 2018 project, Whack World, a storytelling innovation of 15 one-minute vignettes that capture a full spectrum of life experiences. It drew widespread critical praise: Dazed and Noisey declared it the best album of 2018, while it garnered top 10 year-end spots from NPR, Pitchfork, and Okayplayer, and top 20 placements from Billboard and Complex.
On December 3, the multi-talented Tierra added a new feather in her cap – fashion mogul – with the release of her first-ever Vans collaboration.
In partnership with the iconic sneaker and apparel brand, Tierra and her stylist Shirley Kurata have curated a 1980s-inspired collection that reflects Tierra’s unique approach to music and fashion, described as a “mélange of colors, shapes, patterns, and phrases that explores limitless creativity.” The set will include four styles of footwear and ten apparel pieces, all bearing a signature mantra: “Weird Hype And Creative Kids” (“WHACK” for short).