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Ella Mai On "Boo'd Up," Her Dream Collab, Lauryn Hill & More
British R&B sensation Ella Mai started building an excited buzz around her name earlier this year, as her incredibly catchy "Boo'd Up" was one of the biggest songs of the summer in the U.S. and had us singing along to her angelic vocals. This is just the beginning for the soulful singer/songwriter, whose debut self-titled studio album comes out on Oct. 12.
Mae sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about the positive effects of the success of "Boo'd Up" instilling hometown pride in London, how she'd love to work with Khalid (who had a cameo in the song's music video), how her style is very inspired by the '90s and early-2000s, and a bit about her new music.
She also explains how impactful growing up listening to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was to her, and how thrilled she is about the excitement around the 20 year anniversary of Lauryn Hill's iconic album. "That album is everything, it's my favorite album of all time," she shares. "I don't think there's a project that beats it, and she's so raw and authentic."