R&B Review – If you thought R&B was going extinct and losing its depth and meaning, you should check out Cocoa Sarai and her new project, Nostalgia EP.
Imagine you’re facing a stage, dimly lit, sipping on a few cocktails and you’re suddenly approached by a chocolate beauty, smelling and looking good. It isn’t until she opens her mouth and belts out vocals that captures you in a trance. With her hips to match the erotic beat and melody that accompanies the captivating lyrics, there’s no telling what will happen next between you and the mysterious songstress…
Representing Brooklyn, you have just been mesmerized by Cocoa Sarai. For sometime she has been taking over stages all across NYC and beyond. Not only does she pack a powerful punch on wax but she also delivers a performance worth salivating. Cocoa has blessed her listeners, new and loyal, with the project many have been waiting for, Nostalgia EP. Nine tracks long, the EP covers all the bases of what you would expect of Cocoa, a top-notch entertainer and vocalist with a extensive range.
Sultry, seductive, and spicy are the three words to describe Nostalgia. To start listeners off, “Blow Me” embodies all three of the descriptions stated previously.
“Take a hit of this / Bet I get you high / Way up in the sky / Body high-high / Split a Dutch / Light me up / Take a puff and blow me out…”
As the project proceeds she slows it down with a Freewrite titled, “Retrospect”, which is a reflection of a failed relationship and where it has brought her. Judging from many of these songs Cocoa is taking full control of her love life with NO EXCEPTIONS. She’s not only demanding respect and her fantasies to be fulfilled, she also calls the shots on how deep a connection will flow, which is depicted in the uptempo track “Wait A Minute” [Prod. V-Notes].
“Ain’t bout to be falling in love (wait a minute) / That ain’t bout to be us (wait a minute) / We both knew what this sh*t was (wait a minute) / So fuck all that sh*t you been on ( Hold up,Wait a Minute) / Oh no, I ain’t tryna meet ya mama”
Nostalgia fades us into a deep thinking space with the sultry songstress on the last track “Shadowboxer” which she also self-produced.
“I’ve been in a fight / And no one else can see my black and blues … / No one can help me / Running from myself is impossible…”
Cocoa Sarai sheds many layers of herself, exposing her vulnerabilities and skill. After indulging in this work of art, listeners will have to give this strong and captivating artist her props. Cocoa is next up in the world of R&B; Nostalgia EP is audible proof that quality continues to be held to high regards amongst independent artists.