Kari Faux Randijah Simmons

A slinky bass line, loose and unanchored, is all you hear crawling around for the first 10 seconds of “Turnin’ Heads,” the new track by Kari Faux. Then, a swirling electric piano drifts in like smoke and turns the ambiance dark like something out of a Blood Orange song. The lyrics that follow — which explore the feeling of “just getting paid, hitting the town, and seeing cars with candy paint and big rims and aspiring to have that one day for myself,” according to a statement by Faux — alternate between rapping and singing as she easily embodies two disparate personas from her Little Rock adolescence: the bratty pride of getting to flaunt the money she’s just earned and the deeper suspicion that what she really wants is out of reach. Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. joins for verse two.

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