Taylor B-W’s latest track ‘I’m So Broke’ is a conversational song primed with a plucky bassline, melodic R&B swagger and a signature West Coast whistle. Continuing her dedication to the ’90s revival – as we saw in previous track ‘Nunchucks‘ – Taylor B-W is combining modern electro-pop influences with the nostalgia of ’90s hip hop and R&B to create bouncy, playful tunes that speak to you on both a physical and emotional level. Read on to stream Taylor B-W‘s brand new single ‘I’m So Broke‘ before its official release on 9 July.

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Taylor B-W is a modern day ’90s queen. Between her cut-and-paste colourful cover art, her personal funky style, and her warm brand of R&B/pop – she’s striking a strong nostalgic chord amidst the heat of the nineties revival. Her tracks sound like something you’d see Will Smith bouncing into a room listening to on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and has us reaching for our baggy jeans, basketball tops and chunky sneakers.

Her latest track ‘I’m So Broke‘ is playing true to Taylor B-W’s ability to mix pop, R&B, rap and hip hop. Mixing the modern influence of Kimbra as she uses her voice to fill in melodic gaps and the freshness of Bebe Rhexa in her vocal phrasing, she plays perfectly into the hands of electro pop while also paying tribute to the past.

Despite the likeness to tracks like Will Smith‘s ‘Miami‘, or Lauryn Hill‘s ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’, there’s a big West Coast influence in ‘I’m So Broke’, particularly the thick Dr Dre-style bassline and the seductively deep synth-laden slinkiness of Warren G. There’s also clear throwbacks to the harmony and hook style of Nate Dogg‘s ‘I Got Love

‘I’m So Broke’ leaves room for personal interpretation. Whether your feeling beaten down or your wallet is literally empty, feeling ‘broke’ is something that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives. Taylor has taken those compounding feelings of helplessness and crafted a chunky, upbeat tune. Reflecting on the song, she says ‘Im So Broke reflects how, no matter how hard I might try, I’ve never felt quite ‘right’ or even feeling fairly adequate, at achieving this thing called ‘life’.  But it also reflects how common this feeling is within our society.‘ She further adds, ‘I don’t want to end up settling for second best and then be on my deathbed saying “what if?”. But my mental health also gets in the way of me achieving what I want to achieve.  This frustration led me to write I’m So Broke.’

We have all been there (some more consistently than others) where we just don’t feel OK.  I have always struggled with my own mental health, and this song reflects my state of mind, with a double entendre of being financially unstable – I find the two can sometimes go hand-in-hand.

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Despite the sentimental lyrics, I actually wanted the song to be cheeky and fun musically so it didn’t sound like a typical ‘sad’ song.  So ‘…I went into the studio with Quinn [Peach PRC, Jessica Mauboy, Lime Cordiale] with the intention of making a very bouncy and funky tune, heavily inspired by old-school 90s hip-hop, for example, the West Coast whistle motif was my ode to that era of music.

I’m So Broke’ is officially released on Friday, July 9th, but you can stream it below:

Posted by Rebecca Costanzo