Priscilla Renea and her undeniable pen game has written hits and deep cuts for a wide range of music superstars, including Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige. Two years ago, the prolific singer-songwriter released a country-inspired sophomore album (Coloured) two years ago. These days, she puts out music under the alias Muni Long. Her first project, Black Like This, is out now, and it suggests she’s destined for more greatness.
Long starts the 23-minute record with “Breakin Up,” a future-leaning track that mixes in the current pop/R&B trends and layers it with an acoustic guitar. The lyrics itself are straightforward, detailing the downfall of a relationship that has exceeded its kiss and make up limits — for now.
“Polaroid,” an EP standout, focuses on the idea of a Kodak moment. Simply put, as long as they know what they have is real, the validation of their Instagram followers doesn’t matter. On “Midnight Snack,” which has a slight affinity to Sammie’s “I Like It,” Long and Jacob Latimore use the track as a metaphor for an after-dark lovemaking session.
Black Like This is an EP of vibes. It has a bouncy and alluring production aesthetic that highlights the striking vocal style of Long. In the melting “Wax,” Long describes a fixation she has for a certain casanova that doesn’t meet her mother’s standards, but agrees with her definition of togetherness.
Listen to Black Like This by Muni Long below.