12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Niykee Heaton’s debut mixtape distills the hip-hop covers and intimate live shows that fueled her rise into a heady brew. Heaton’s whispery growl adds bite to the swirling romantic uncertainty of “Dream Team,” while the handclaps and strumming that power “Lullaby” coax a reluctant lover with deceptively laidback vibes. The sparse, longing “Bad Intentions” (here assisted by Atlanta rappers Migos) ably sums up Heaton’s trap-pop aesthetic and mischievous attitude. But her songwriting throws out enough curveballs to keep listeners guessing—and wanting more.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Niykee Heaton’s debut mixtape distills the hip-hop covers and intimate live shows that fueled her rise into a heady brew. Heaton’s whispery growl adds bite to the swirling romantic uncertainty of “Dream Team,” while the handclaps and strumming that power “Lullaby” coax a reluctant lover with deceptively laidback vibes. The sparse, longing “Bad Intentions” (here assisted by Atlanta rappers Migos) ably sums up Heaton’s trap-pop aesthetic and mischievous attitude. But her songwriting throws out enough curveballs to keep listeners guessing—and wanting more.

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