Back in 2016, Rhode Island artist Lily Rayne made her debut with the hypnotizing Rhode Girl EP. The project which featured the critically acclaimed single “Rhode Girl,” earned her an #BennettKnowsRadio Award for Best New Artist in 2017. Since then, Rayne has been creating a buzz throughout New England with collaborations on Code Green’s “With Ease,” Dee Gomes’ “Not 4Real” and WHYTRI’s “XURWIFI”. A couple weeks ago, Lily released her highly anticipated debut album FEMME. The 8-track project finds Lily Rayne unapologetically dripping with sauce claiming her spot as a force this summer, and every season moving forward.
FEMME opens with the smooth “How Do You Feel,” which features Lily’s haunting vocals over a smooth power production. The track which explores themes related to love and relationships appropriately sets the pace for the project. “Sometimes I think you don’t want my love and sometimes I think you’re way too much … why you gotta switch sides,” she questions. On the next track, our favorite Rhode Girl teams up with the ladies for the empowering “Girls Night Out” before turning up the function with the album’s latter single “Drinks On Me”. On the next tracks, both personal favorites, Lily flexes on the lead single “I Might” and the bouncy power-production “Feeling Different”; both cuts showcase the young femcee’s skills and the wide range of sounds/styles that she has to offer. After the parties over, Lily reflects on her past experiences while projecting the future on “No Time”. “No I don’t really don’t have time to chill, I don’t really don’t have the time to build / Bossed up, I ain’t signed a deal / won’t stop til I get a mil’ … told y’all it’s my time foreal,” she croons. On the final tracks, “Whole Dub” and “Never Be The Same Outro,” Lily breaks ties with her lover over a dope production that ties the project together.
While the project perfectly combines the current sounds of hip-hop, R&B and trap, Lily’s artistry and the story FEMME tells solidifying her space as a well-seasoned artist. The production throughout the project is crisp providing sounds for any type of vibe. I love how each and every track on the album stands alone while appropriately adding to the project as a whole. Of course, you can’t deny Lily’s unapologetic persona; as she expresses herself creatively, she creates a space for her fans and those that can relate. In it’s entirety, FEMME is one of the most impressive project’s I’ve seen coming out of New England in a while! Definitely looking forward to how FEMME makes an impact this summer! Check out Lily Rayne in “I Might” and “Girls Night Out/How Do You Feel” below!
Lily Rayne – “Girls Night Out/How Do You Feel”
Lilly Rayne – “I Might”
Lily Rayne – FEMME