Jazmine Sullivan releases first single in 5 years, ‘Lost One’

The Grammy-nominated songstress offers listeners a new soundtrack for heartbreak

(Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images, RCA)

Jazmine Sullivan is, as Vulture put it, “the queen of singing about heartbreak.” The 33-year-old singer has released her first single in five years and it’s a bit more subdued than busting windows out of her man’s car. 

“Just don’t have too much fun without me,” she belts over a quiet melody. “Don’t have too much, don’t have too much fun/Please don’t forget about me/Try not to love no one,” Sullivan sings in her deeply seductive voice. 

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Jazmine Sullivan performs onstage during the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Show at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)

“Lost One,” is the songstress’s first song since “Insecure,” featuring Bryson Tiller inspired by the hit HBO series by the same name. Her last album, Reality Show, featured appearances by fellow Philadelphian, Meek Mill, as well as production by Salaam Remi.

In an Instagram post after the song’s release, Sullivan explained the song was about lost and urged her fans to let the ones you love know how much you appreciate them.

“THANK U EVERYONE FOR THE LOVE SO FAR! I know ‘lost one’ is hella stripped n short. It just felt like the most appropriate offering from the EP considering everything that’s happening these days! In an instant, especially now we could all lose the closest people to us,” wrote Sullivan.

“Make sure they know how u feel! Make sure u appreciate them while they’re here!! Tho this song is abt an ended relationship, it makes me think of all the people I’ve lost throughout the years. So I’d like to dedicate it to them.”

Sullivan made her mark on the music industry since the release of her first album, Fearless, produced by Missy Elliott. 

Sullivan has been vocal about her negative experiences in the music industry. In a 2014 interview, she explained why she decided to take a break from music. “It was a lot of different things that made me feel like I needed to take a break. And it was a lot of personal things,” she shared.

“It was some things as far as the industry and my work. But what’s most important to me is that I did get that time to kind of mature and in that time, I’m still working on it, but I feel like I’m so much more comfortable with myself and who I am and what I have to offer to the world and to the industry. More so than when I first started.”

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“Lost One” is another of Sullivan’s heartbreaking ballads that speak to broken relationships. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the song might be very timely. 

“Try not to love no one,” she croons, “I know that that’s too much to ask/I know that I’m a selfish b**ch.” 

The new single drop has not given any clues as to when the songstress will release a new album, but hopefully soon.

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