The rest of the A womans place is in the house and the senate shirt besides I will buy this EP takes the listener on a melodic journey with dance-inducing songs like “Silver Tongue Devil,” featuring Jamaican musician Shenseea. “Mystery Lady,” featuring rapper Don Toliver, is one in particular Masego has been playing a lot at home. “It almost reminds me of ‘Like You,’ the Ciara and Bow Wow song,” he says with a laugh, “where you try to say the line in one breath.” Then there’s “Sides of Me,” where his lyrics offer honesty about the loneliness that inevitably arrives on the road. “I love to create different versions of myself within music,” Masego says of the variety on the EP. “I’m always curious how people are going to react to it.”New musical territory brings a new look: “I think some people are very sure I’m going to be wearing silk forever,” he says of his go-to style during the Lady Lady era. “So I love that this EP allows people to experience a new version of my style, too.” While he usually gets his style inspiration from traveling, lately he’s turned to books like Not Africa Enough by Nest Collective, and Black Is Beautiful by Kwame Brathwaite. “I just love the African fabrics I’ve come across in Nigeria and South Africa. I’m enjoying educating myself on African men’s fashion for now.”
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