Keysha Freshh delivers honesty, reclaims herself in latest album
Keysha Freshh admires honesty in music. Part of that is crafting her albums around a journey. For her eighth studio album, it’s also about reclaiming herself.
Best known as being one-third of hip-hop group The Sorority, Freshh worked on her latest album, Field Trip for almost two years. She took her time with it, and with complete creative control built something exactly the way she wanted it to sound.
“You get to see something from its inception,” says Freshh on the album. “It’s almost like you're a bus driver, you get to build and pick up passengers along the way and build a story, build your narrative.”
Released today, Field Trip was produced by Freshh, Keith Bell and Deion Bala. The seven-track album features collaborations with R&B artist Leila Dey, Devontee and fellow Sorority group member Haviah Mighty.
Honest, passionate and personal, Field Trip is infused with Freshh’s admiration and influence of 90s hip-hop, R&B and straightforward lyrics.
“I understand my sound a little bit better. I've reconnected with myself to be able to bring the best out of me creatively and just create the best project that I know I can give my fans.”
Songs like ‘Alright’ draw on relationships while ‘Red Cups’ was written after The Sorority’s first listening party for their debut album, Pledge. ‘Blah Blah,’ (featuring Haviah Mighty), discusses being a woman in the music industry – a topic the group have mastered in their own right.
‘HERO’ is about reclaiming your self-title
For Freshh, ‘HERO’ is the song that encapsulates the whole album. Released as the first single off Field Trip, the track was actually the last song recorded. She wanted a song where she could really speak from the heart, that would really “make an impact.” The writing process took around an hour to complete.
She rapped the song in one take the next day in the studio. The song pays tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle and her thoughts on social media as a tool people use to be divisive.
“I’ve been having this saying in my head for the past year, ‘There are no heroes in this story,’” she explains. “For some reason, I kept replaying this saying in my head. And so when I thought about this song, I literally felt like I’m my own hero. It’s a song about reclaiming your self-title.”
She hopes this album will be a platform for all women in the music industry to be represented.
“I hope people take away from the album that as women, we are here. We’re just as talented, if not more talented than a lot of male artists people try to stack us up against,” she says. “I want this album to be an avenue where we are all getting that shine that we deserve.”