All deluxe albums aren't created equal. Most artists might tack on a new song or two and maybe add a remix and keep it moving on to the next. But in the case of Jazmine Sullivan's Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe, she delivers a project that easily lives up to its name, continues the narrative and tells a deeper story.
The deluxe edition of Heaux Tales contains the original album in its entirety with ten tracks added after the H.E.R.-featuring single "Girl Like Me," which previously closed the set. The new tracks are divided evenly between songs and tales, with each tale correlating to the track that follows. With these new tales, we get to a mix of the lighthearted (Issa Rae's "Issa's Tale," "A Breaux's Tale" and "Mona's Tale") and the serious ("Jazzy's Tale" and "Shanti's Tale").
The songs that follow the tales showcase Jazmine's range as a storyteller. Sullivan doesn't suffer fools or bad sex on "Tragic." The previously-released single produced by Leven Kali fits nicely here. The remainder of the songs are all brand new, with Jazmine pouring her heart and soul into each one.
On the set’s most soulful showstopper, "Hurt Me So Good," she prays for deliverance from a lover she just can't let go of – no matter how many times he breaks her heart or breaks her down. "Roster" and "BPW" allow Jazzy to talk her ish, and she does so unapologetically whether she's being brutally honest with a guy and telling him he's one of many or bragging on her sex. She ends The Deluxe with "Selfish," and the reading room is open as she tells a dude smooth off. Getting read for filth never sounded so good.
With Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe, Jazmine Sullivan solidifies her position as the voice of her generation. Whether she's bringing real vocals or real talk, Jazmine Sullivan is in a class all her own.
Experience Heaux Tales, Mo' Tales: The Deluxe when you press play on the stream below then learn all the words to the new songs with a playlist of their corresponding lyric videos after that.