Yaya Bey shares the latest offering from her forthcoming album with the new single “sir princess bad bitch.” Serving as one of the album’s centerpiece statements, the song and its accompanying video embody the complexities of Yaya’s identity as a genderqueer person, with her stating resolutely that she is “no other thing but the thing I am.” The song’s visual is directed by Chassidy David and creatively conceived by Yaya herself, featuring choreography by Jason James.

The single arrives ahead of Yaya’s forthcoming performances in Austin at SXSW including shows at The Politics House (March 12th), Marshall Funhouse (March 13th), and Cheer Up Charlies for AdHoc Free For All (March 14th). Additionally, following the album’s release in May, Yaya will embark on a series of four release shows. See all of the details on each of Yaya’s live dates below, including shows at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on May 23rd and The Paramount in LA on May 29th.

Yaya’s upcoming album, Ten Fold, was announced at the end of January alongside the single “chasing the bus,” which The New York Times called a “slinky slow-burner.” Ten Fold serves as a free-spoken and flowing self-portrait characterized by in-the-moment reflections on the past, present, and future. It brims with the various facets of Yaya’s creative endeavors and bucks against the conveniently limiting narrative that her music is solely made to capture the plight of Black women. The album mirrors the multitudes she contains and meditates on the external conditions of her community as much as it’s an exploration of her own being. Ten Fold finds Yaya reckoning with being a musician and her evolving relationship to a fraught career path that she’s determined to force in her favor, reaping the fruits of her labor along the way.

Born Hadaiyah Bey, Yaya first started writing songs at the age of nine and emerged onto the scene as a reinvigorating voice in the new vanguard of R&B storytellers with her breakout 2020 album Maison Tapes. Her widely praised 2022 LP Remember Your North Star earned critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling StoneNPRESSENCE, and more. Recently, she starred alongside Immanuel Wilkins in an ad campaign for Converse‘s recent collaboration with New York-based brand AwakeNY. In 2023, Yaya performed a sold-out show at SOBs for Spotify Stages, capping off a run of live performances at festival stages across the globe last year, including Glastonbury in the UK, Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and many more.

Yaya Bey 2024 Live Dates:

3/12 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – The Politics House @ The Parish
3/13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Marshall Funhouse @ The Parish
3/14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – AdHoc Free For All @ Cheer Up Charlies
5/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
5/25 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
5/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Paramount
6/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

Ten Fold album artwork

Yaya Bey
Ten Fold
May 10, 2024
Big Dada

1. crying through my teeth
2. the evidence
3. chrysanthemums
4. sir princess bad bitch
5. east coast mami
6. chasing the bus
7. all around los angeles
8. slow dancing in the kitchen
9. so fantastic (feat. Grand Daddy I.U.)
10. eric adams on the club (feat. Exaktly)
11. me and my niggas
12. iloveyoufrankiebeverly
13. career day
14. carl thomas sliding down the wall
15. yvette’s cooking show
16. let go


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