South London songstress Ray BLK has finally blessed us with her highly-anticipated debut album, Access Denied.
As one of the most prominent voices in UK R&B, you’d expect this project to be filled with smooth sounds and that’s just what we’re gifted with!
As well as delivering love songs such as the title track, “Baggage” and “Mine”, Access Denied also explores themes such as pressure, poverty and female empowerment – enabling Ray to exhibit her lyrical range.
Despite navigating through different subject matters, Ray BLK remains sincere throughout the album and delivers a number of heartfelt offerings; most notably on “BLK Madonna”, “Dark Skinned” and “25”.
Joining Ray on the project are some huge names such as Giggs, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical and American acts Kaash Paige and Suburban Plaza.
“Access Denied is for those who like myself, know disappointment too well and have learned to put up walls as a coping mechanism for self protection. I’ve opened up about how my childhood made me guarded, how disappointing relationships made me fear love and how being told no so many times in the music industry kicked me down but I got back up!
“I hope people listen to this album and value themselves enough to deny access to those who are undeserving, and to also believe in themselves enough to keep saying yes to themselves when the world keeps telling them no!”
Take in Access Denied in full below!