Jazmine Sullivan Slays On “Mascara”
Jazmine Sullivan really is undeniable. She burst back on the scene with “Dumb” and then reminded us of the brilliance of her vocals on “Forever Don’t Last.” With her next release “Mascara”, she exhibits her masterful writing.
Artists like Jazmine Sullivan don’t come around often. Her voice is in a category of its own. She doesn’t conform to what is popular. And her writing is insightful but accessible. She hits all of those notes on her next single “Mascara.” On the song, she personifies a “video girl” who is focused on her looks and the money she earns from them. Sullivan uses this persona to show the fallacy of that lifestyle. She goes on about how she believes everyone is jealous of her and how she deserves everything she gets. But at the same time, she doesn’t leave the house without makeup on and has to always “stay on … because you never know who’s watching you.” She talks about the constant threat of the new girl. And the undercurrent of the whole piece is the sadness of a person being reduced to breasts and ass.
The song is a slow-burner with minimal production, more reminiscent of something a rapper would employ. This puts the focus squarely on her delivery and her lyricism where it should be. Still, the beat will stick with you, and once the song ends, you won’t want it to end.
Her album Reality Show hits stores January 13, 2015. Listen to “Mascara” below and tell us what you think about it in the comments section below!
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