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Chika Unveils New EP Once Upon A Time: Stream

The Alabama rapper is up for Best New Artist at this weekend's Grammys

Chika Unveils New EP Once Upon A Time
Chika, photo by Leeor Wild
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    Alabama rapper Chika has released a new EP called Once Upon A Time. Stream it below via Apple Music or Spotify.

    The 24-year-old is nominated for Best New Artist at this Sunday’s Grammys, so this new joint serves as a celebration of how far she’s come in just a few years. The six-song effort follows her well-liked 2020 EP Industry Games, and the handful of singles she released last year. Only one of those — the lustful “FWB” that she originally dropped back in December — appears on Once Upon A Time, while the others are all fresh cuts.

    As its storybook title and castle-adorned cover art imply, Once Upon A Time has a fairytale concept weaved through it. The first song, which features BJ The Chicago Kid, is literally called “FAIRY TALES”, and there are two other tracks called “CINDERELLA”, a part one and a part two. Chika’s style of rapping is a blend of soulful singing and quick, conversational flows that are reminiscent of early Chance The Rapper material.

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    Earlier this week, she celebrated her birthday by turning in her first Spotify Singles project, consisting of a cover of Billie Eilish’s “my future” and a new rendition of her single “U SHOULD”. She’s been on a tear lately, but she has some stiff competition at this weekend’s award ceremony. Her opponents in the Best New Artist category are Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, Kaytranada and Megan Thee Stallion.

    Even if she doesn’t take home the trophy, the nomination is an impressive nod for an artist who has yet to even release a proper album. And as the tracks on Once Upon A Time indicate, she’s only getting started.

    Once Upon A Time EP Artwork:

    Chika Once Upon A Time Artwork

    Once Upon A Time EP Tracklist:
    01. FAIRY TALES (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
    02. HICKORY DICKORY
    03. CINDERELLA Pt. 1
    04. CINDERELLA Pt. 2
    05. FWB
    06. SAVE YOU

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