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There’s no denying that Jessie Reyez has become one of the most exciting new artists to date. The Canadian singer-songwriter stunned the music world with her raw and vulnerable lead single “Figures,” and now, she’s returned with another powerful track.
The new acoustic ballad—titled “Body Count”—has Reyez tackle societal predispositions about sex and relationships as her signature candour shines over the guitar-driven instrumental.
The catchy song showcases a high-level of honesty as the Canadian songstress soulfully belts about women embracing their sexuality: “You don’t gotta tell me ’bout your body count / I don’t gotta know your ex’s name / ‘Cause if it just so happens that you turn around and ask me / I think you might feel some type of way.” The 27-year-old singer-songwriter’s ability to pair an interesting perspective with unique lyrics makes her a standout in today’s music landscape.
According to Reyez in a press release, “Body Count” is “meant as an anthem to empower,” detailing that the song “asserts that women (and men) are equally allowed to embrace their sexuality rather than be modest.”
Reyez continued, “The luxury of not getting judged for ‘loving’ who you want to love should be given to everyone—including women. I feel like so often we’re encouraged to keep our ‘body count’ low, where as men get high fives for a high number; which is cool, do you, but I think the double standard is wack and women should get high fives too. I’m not saying go fuck the world—I’m saying fuck the unfair judgement.”
The new single comes hot off Reyez’s JUNO Awards performance where she stole the show with “Figures, A Reprise” with fellow Toronto artist Daniel Caesar. She also went home with the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Since then, Reyez joined rap icon Eminem in the studio to work on some new music. The usually reclusive Slim Shady posted a picture of himself and Reyez on Instagram with the caption, “In the studio with my new super talented friend Jessie.” Both artists are barely visible in the selfie, but it’s enough to have us shook.
There haven’t been any details about what the duo are actually working on, but looking at Eminem’s past collaborations—Skylar Grey, Kehlani, Ed Sheeran, and Beyoncé—it’s safe to assume whatever he’s got in the works with Reyez will be good.