We were warned. At the 2018 MTV VMA, Tiffany Haddish joked about Fifth Harmony watching the show from home while former member Camila Cabello took home multiple awards for her solo efforts. During her acceptance speech for Best Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj chastised Haddish, saying “Tiff, don’t be coming for Fifth Harmony, because Normani is that bitch.”
Queen Nicki was right.
Normani has just released her two-song EP Normani x Calvin Harris, working with the Scottish producer on both tracks. Crafting a blend of past and present pop vibes for both tracks, Normani has established herself as one of the most exciting new artists to watch in 2018.
First up is the retro “Checklist” featuring WizKid, with the trio creating a throwback dance hall vibe reminiscent of the early 2000s. The perfect song to bring the dutty wine back to mainstream radio, “Checklist” has a high energy and deep groove that Normani didn’t explore during her time with 5H.
Slightly switching gears with “Slow Down,” Normani infuses club music and R&B, with Harris’ euro-pop finger prints sprinkled all over a song that finally gives fans a Normani-only vocal track. And she can definitely carry a track all on her own.
Normani already scored her first huge post-Fifth Harmony hit with Khalid earlier this year courtesy of the dark and sultry “Love Lies,” written for the Love, Simon soundtrack. The singer also teamed up with Canadian breakthrough artist Jessie Reyez, working with Reyez and Kehlani on the single “Bodycount.”
Much like their X Factor predecessors One Direction, the solo projects explored by the members of Fifth Harmony are giving way to a space where each singer is able to explore their own sound. What we’ve lost in a powerhouse girl group, we’ve gained in solo singers producing music that is authentically them.
Now we just have to wait for the straight-fire music videos for “Slow Down” and “Checklist.”