Cold, direct, no excuses R&B music, Mahalia stands as the driving force in the scene and is armed with raw talent and unapologetic honesty. As she prepares for the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album “IRL” on July 14, the British singer-songwriter gifts us with a poignant and emotionally charged single titled “Cheat,” featuring the iconic JoJo. This powerful collaboration explores the painful aftermath of infidelity, creating an anthem that resonates with anyone who has experienced the claws of betrayal.
“Cheat” is a showcase of talent, three and a half minutes of proper soul, and ravenous rhythms. Mahlia’s music has maintained its signature sound throughout her catalog. Cheat is no different, the seamless blending of their voices shows great chemistry between the artists on vocal and beat. In a statement with Hypebae Jojo stated “I loved teaming up with Mahalia on this fully infectious bop. Not only can I not get the melodies out of my head… but I’ve been there. And it feels good to be singing with my friend about this very real part of growing up: Realizing that some boys are for the streets and will never change.”
At the core of “Cheat” is a story of heartbreak and resilience. Mahalia wastes no time in delivering a gut-punch of a statement: “Once a cheat always a cheat.” With each lyric, she unapologetically confronts the pain of infidelity and the subsequent battle between second chances and self-worth. The track serves as a rallying cry for those who have been wronged, urging them to stand up against mistreatment and demand better for themselves.
Embedded within the R&B-infused melodies of “Cheat” is an infectious pop-centric hook that will undoubtedly take up residence in your mind. It is a testament to Mahalia’s ability to craft earworms while staying true to her authentic sound. The honesty and candor with which she approaches the topic of betrayal make this song a handbook for anyone navigating the complexities of infidelity.
“IRL” marks Mahalia’s highly anticipated sophomore studio album, a follow-up to her acclaimed debut “Love and Compromise.” With “Cheat” and the previously released single “Terms and Conditions,” she sets the stage for an honest and introspective body of work. This album promises to be a testament to Mahalia’s growth as an artist and a testament to her ability to capture the intricacies of human relationships with unflinching honesty.
With its infectious melodies and unfiltered lyrics, it stands as an anthem of resilience and self-worth. Mahalia’s album, “IRL,” is poised to be a testament to her artistry and a testament to the enduring power of vulnerability in music.