Masego (musician)

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Masego
Birth nameMicah Davis
Born (1993-06-08) June 8, 1993 (age 27)
Kingston, Jamaica
OriginNewport News, Virginia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active2013–present
Associated acts
Websitewww.masegomusic.com

Micah Davis (born June 8, 1993), known professionally as Masego, is an American musician and singer. He incorporates the saxophone into much of his music. Masego released two EP's in 2016, The Pink Polo EP with Medasin, and Loose Thoughts. He gained widespread attention with his collaborative record with FKJ called "Tadow" in 2017. In 2018, he released his debut album Lady Lady.[1]

Early life[edit]

Micah Davis was born to a Jamaican father and an African-American mother. His father was in the U.S Air Force and his mother was an entrepreneur. Both his mother and father were also pastors and he was raised in a non-denominational Christian home. The military travels eventually led his family to Virginia. At a young age, the drums became the first instrument he learned how to play without formal lessons. Davis has spoken about learning piano, sax and various drum machines. In high school, Davis adopted the name Masego after learning about his family's roots in South Africa. Davis attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia before leaving to focus solely on his musical career.[2][3]

Musical career[edit]

In 2016, Masego released the collaborative extended play, The Pink Polo EP with Medasin, spawning the single "Girls That Dance".[4] Later that year, he released his EP Loose Thoughts.[5]

On September 7, 2018, he released his debut album Lady Lady, including guest features from FKJ, SiR, Tiffany Gouché, and De' Wayne Jackson.[6]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Drawing from his upbringing of both his parents being pastors, Davis stated that church allowed him a place to learn music from talented musicians. Davis also cited John P. Kee , Andre 3000 and Cab Calloway as influences.[7] Davis grew up in a room with over 200 vinyl records on the walls while simultaneously having friends giving him hard hitting drums and trap music influences.[8]

He refers to his own musical style as "TrapHouseJazz".[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Lady Lady

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
The Pink Polo EP
(with Medasin)
  • Released: April 5, 2016[11]
  • Label: TrapHouseJazz
  • Format: Digital download
Loose Thoughts
  • Released: July 27, 2016[12]
  • Label: TrapHouseJazz
  • Format: Digital download

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Late Night" 2015 GoldLink And After That, We Didn't Talk
"Ooh Nah Nah" 2017 SiR HER TOO
"Touch the Floor"[13] 2018 VanJess Silk Canvas
"Good Girl" Tiffany Gouché N/A
"One Life"[14] 2019 The Game, J. Stone Born 2 Rap
"Need It"[15] Kaytranada Bubba
"Sleigh"[16] Smino, Monte Booker High 4 Da Highladays
"Amy" Yuna Rouge
"Hate The Club"[17] 2020 Kehlani It Was Good Until It Wasn't
"Slow Down"[18] Ro James Mantic

Production discography[edit]

2016[edit]

Masego & Medasin - The Pink Polo EP

  • 08. "Love Be Like (Medasin Remix)"

Masego - Loose Thoughts

  • All tracks

2018[edit]

VanJess - Silk Canvas

  • 03. "Touch the Floor"

Masego - Lady Lady

  • All tracks

2019[edit]

Ari Lennox - Shea Butter Baby[19]

  • 04. "Up Late"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Masego on How Women Inspired His Debut Album 'Lady Lady' & His Dream Collaborations". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Masego Is Redefining The Ladies' Man". LNWY. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Meet Masego, the next-level singer and saxophonist making jazz music cool again". GQ. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  4. ^ Ramirez, Erika. "Masego & Medasin Premiere Trap-Meets-Jazz 'Pink Polo' EP: Exclusive". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Premiere: Masego's 'Loose Thoughts' Make For One Heck Of A Summer Project". Vibe.
  6. ^ Bedolla, Daise. "Masego, the Ultra-Smooth "TrapHouseJazz" Singer, Is Ready for His Breakout". Vogue.
  7. ^ Garrett, Ural. "Masego Calls His Sound "Trap House Jazz." We Call It the Future of Hip-Hop". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Masego's many layers". The FADER.
  9. ^ Younger, Briana. "Is It Rap? Is It Jazz? No, It's TrapHouseJazz, Masego Style". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Lady Lady by Masego" – via music.apple.com.
  11. ^ "The Pink Polo EP by Masego & Medasin" – via music.apple.com.
  12. ^ "Loose Thoughts by Masego" – via music.apple.com.
  13. ^ "Silk Canvass by Vanjess". iTunes.
  14. ^ "Born 2 Rap". Apple Music. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. ^ Krystal Rodriguez (December 9, 2019). "Pharrell, Tinashe and more feature on Kaytranada's new album, BUBBA". Fact. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "High 4 Da Highladays - Single". Apple Music.
  17. ^ "It Was Good Until It Wasn't". Apple Music. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Mantic". Apple Music. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Ari Lennox Announces "Shea Butter Baby" Album & Releases "Up Late" Single". HipHopDX. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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