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Georgian songstress and Emerson College alum Mariami begins the new year with a brand new song titled “I Cry.” The song is inspired by 90’s Hip-Hop. More specifically a Bad Boy records track “Can’t You See” performed by Total and Biggie which sampled the James Brown classic “Big Payback”. She puts her own spin on that song and owns it.
The song, directed towards a past love, has Mariami telling him everything she’s went through since their love ended. She explains she puts so much emotion and tears into her music in an effort to make sure he knows how she feels without giving him her last piece of pride.
When I asked Mariami about her inspiration for the song she said “My generation is definitely living in an era of heightened nostalgia. We’re surrounding ourselves by art and music that reminds us of our realest childhood memories. Me personally, I think my spirit was meant to be a 90′s R&B singer. I just had to find the right words, right melody and the right time to bring my audience back into that iconic era with me.”
I mean what more could I ask for? New R&B that reminds me of classic R&B and hip-hop. That’s a win. This is a great 2013 debut for Mariami. I look forward to hearing much more from this talented singer as the year goes on.