If you don’t already know the name Koffee, then it’s one you should be paying attention to as we enter the 2020s. Koffee is a reggae “singjay” (singer and deejay) who quietly had an incredible year this year. Along with going on tour with Daniel Caesar, being announced as an opener for Harry Styles in 2020, and writing songs for Rihanna, Koffee enjoyed fame and acclaim thanks to the popularity of her single “Toast” and her debut EP Rapture, which recently earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.
Her music is a modern take on the reggae genre, interweaving elements of reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop for sound that’s unique, fun, and clean — she doesn’t curse in any of her songs. She strikes an impressive balance of themes on the short-but-sweet Rapture, which is steeped in positive vibes, lyrical dexterity, and social consciousness. And for an artist still in the early stage of her career, she raps with earnest command and confidence, like she’s been in this for years.
Listen to Rapture below.