By Ezra Marcus
If you’d told me five years ago that a Jeremih album would be what I’m most excited for in 2014, well, I’d probably have believed you, because I’m very gullible.
However, if you’d asked anyone with a healthy dose of skepticism they’d have laughed in your face. Jeremih was slated for the one-hit-wonder trash pile after the cheesy (although undeniable) “Birthday Sex.”
Pause, rewind, rebrand.
2012’s knockout Late Nights With Jeremih mixtape gave the R&B singer real star potential, his stratospheric voice roaming around extraterrestrial landscapes. He’s spent the last two years raising excitement for the follow-up full length to peak levels with one-offs like “Bo Peep” and its accompanying EP.
Now he’s teasing us one last time with Not On My Album. It’s a mixtape of never-before-heard loosies, including a Juicy J verse, an Aaliyah sample, and a few words from DJ Khaled: “Jeremih, you the voice of the people.”
And what a voice it is. The low-key “Chillin” is a distinct highlight: Jeremih’s silky croon doesn’t leave you many options besides adopting a supine position, consuming an extravagant frosted beverage, and texting your beloved.
Download Not On My Album here. Late Nights is out Sept. 30.