(AllHipHop News) Queen Naija Bulls went from being a popular YouTuber to topping the Emerging Artists chart. Her singles "Medicine" and "Karma" are already certified platinum by the RIAA.
The former American Idol contestant is part of a rising class of R&B soloists that includes Ella Mai, H.E.R., Jorja Smith, Normani, Summer Walker, Bri Steves, Justine Skye, Ari Lennox, Jessie Reyez, Amber Mark**,** Kali Uchis, Asiahn, and others. Queen Naija is looking to separate from the pack by drawing from the past.
"I feel like our generation is so hooked on the trap-soul and the trap-R&B vibe. When they grow up, they’ll have nothing to tell their kids. I just want to bring back that early-2000s/late-’90s feeling that people don’t have anymore," explained Naija in an interview with Billboard.
The 23-year-old Michigan native added, "But I would also like to do other kinds of uptempo [tracks]. Maybe a little reggae, maybe another kind of genre that people wouldn’t expect from me. I want to show my versatility."
Besides wanting to display her musical flexibility, Queen Naija is looking to create tunes with some of her Rhythm & Blues peers. She named Grammy winners H.E.R. and Ella Mai as potential collaborators.
Queen also wants to connect with Hip Hop artist A Boogie wit da Hoodie again. Additionally, the Capitol Records signee hopes to collab with fellow Detroit representatives like Big Sean or Kash Doll. Bronx rapper Cardi B is on her dream duet list too.