Following her two EPs, Moon Shoes and Crush, and her addictive tune, “Rewind,” from Season 4 of HBO’s Insecure, Ravyn Lenae returns to the scene with her debut album, HYPNOS. With production and features from the likes of Kaytranada, Smino, Fousheé, Mereba, and Steve Lacy, the Chicago-Los Angeles soulful hybrid—who has already made her mark among fans and critics—provides an elevated ascension with her new offering while remaining true to her core.
When speaking about her LP, Lenae shared in a statement, “When you listen to the music, I hope you have a better understanding of me and even catch a better understanding of yourself… As artists, we make music as a pathway to help other people understand certain aspects of their lives. I’ve gone through the tunnels and seen the light on the other side. I’m finding my way. I’m clearer on who I am and my power through music and lyricism. I’m pouring more into me, friendships, family, and music. Through all of that, I’m fulfilled.”
As you dive into HYPNOS, here are our top five songs based on our first exploration of Lenae’s dreamy, soothing world. And if you’re so inclined, see her on tour starting next Thursday, May 26.