Friday Jam: Arya Starr’s ’19 & Dangerous Album is Straight Fire
Afropop Teen sensation Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe A.K.A Ayra Starr released her eponymous EP early in 2021 which got the industry buzzing with over 23 million global streams. One of her singles “Away” has racked up over 3.8 million YouTube views! Arya took it a notch higher with her debut album 19 & Dangerous Album.
Comprising 11 unapologetic tracks all written or co-written by Ayra herself, the album is a coming-of-age record seamlessly weaving Afro-pop, R&B, dancehall, trap and alté styles. Check out the track list
2. Fashion Killa
4. Snitch feat. Foushee
7. Beggie Beggie feat. Ckay
9. Bloody Samaritan
‘19 & Dangerous’ is a coming-of-age album fit for a socially-conscious Gen Z. It also unflinchingly tackles themes of feminism, drug abuse and sexual consent – particularly highlighted on the meditative, soulful ballads “Toxic” and “Underwater”. Here Ayra flexes her vocal dexterity and songwriting prowess, singing on “Toxic”: “Why did you give me the drugs that it took? Why did you force me to take it?… I’m sorry that I loved somebody that will hurt me.” The deeply personal track is one of the earliest songs Ayra wrote and posted on her social media before she was discovered.
Ayra’s album is straight fire and you can stream it here.