Rolling Stone

Lolo Zouaï’s High-Concept Hyphy Heaven


A FEW YEARS AGO, Lolo Zouaï was working at a Bareburger in New York. Then her viral hit “Desert Rose” helped land her a spot opening for Dua Lipa. This fall, she released one of 2022’s more engaging and inventive concept albums in Playgirl, her breakthrou­gh second LP. The album dives into three separate characters based on different aspects of her personalit­y: Playgirl, Dreamgirl, and Partygirl. Each character has its own musical mood, from spirited jams to soft R&B to moody pop. The title track is even inspired by raunchy Bay Area rap icon Too $hort’s hyphy sound, and the whole thing makes for a brilliant immersive experience.

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