In between those two songs, he explores uptown R&B on “Freak,” where he sings about having a bedroom session that makes his toes curl. Ray packs on more heavy eroticism on “Set It Off,” which he co-produced with Camper and Branden Rowell.
Several guests dip in and out of Hello Poison. Multitalented musician Terrace Martin co-stars “Storm,” an aural opposite from its title. It features a songwriting credit and background vocals from Brandy.
The first act joins Ray for the playlist-oriented “Bad Idea.” Meanwhile, the contemplative duet “What It Is” taps the Dreamville frontwoman.
The only gripe for “Ms. Frustration,” which enlists the Nigerian sister duo VanJess, is the length. It deserved much more.
Ray leaned on Camper for most of the writing and production on Hello Poison. He also brought in the likes of Troy Taylor, Los Hendrix, Bizness Boi, Hitmaka, Ben Lusher, and Stephen Feigenbaum to tell the violent cycle of a toxic love story.
Stream Arin Ray’s new album Hello Poison below.