Masego hasn’t released an album since his critically acclaimed 2018 debut Lady Lady. And while fans have been anxiously awaiting his follow-up, the singer-songwriter has been popping up on tracks with Kehlani, Alex Isley, and VanJess, to call just a few. He released an EP, Studying Abroad, amid a worldwide pandemic, and a deluxe version in 2021, but now the wait is finally over.
On his self-titled sophomore outing, the multi-instrumentalist reintroduces himself because the genre-bending artist fans love as he showcases the ins and outs of his life and musings through melody. Throughout the LP’s 14 tracks, Masego revels in his dualities, corresponding to being contemplative about his rising fame (“Who Cares Anyway,” “Remembering Sundays”) while also being daring and brash (“In Style”). He navigates the ebbs and flows of his relationships by keeping his flirtatious player attitude (“Say You Want Me,” “Two Sides [I’m So Gemini],” “What You Wanna Try”), but in addition deals with the heartache from his failed relationships (“Down within the Dumps,” “You Play With My Heart”).
Sonically, Masego continues to showcase his growth and artistic prowess as an artist by experimenting together with his sound as he did on Studying Abroad. He still delivers dreamy, intoxicating vocals, but is ready against a mash-up of upbeat, bouncy dance beats, trap beats, pianos, and his signature saxophone solos. Opting not to incorporate any features, the Grammy-nominated artist as an alternative decided to collab with other musicians, producers and creatives like WaveIQ, monte booker, Richie Souf, and more.