Muni Lengthy is successful.
Her identify is discovering a house on TikTok, and as of late, the Billboard Scorching 100 as her breakout single “Hrs and Hrs” cracks the highest 20 on its ascent up the charts. By now, the artist previously often known as Priscilla Renea’s new moniker would possibly even be extra inescapable than her pen recreation, which alone is accountable for a decade of transcendent pop hits.
No matter what you’ve gotten or haven’t heard of Muni, listeners are scrambling to foretell her next-big-thing standing, with TikTok even putting her on “rising artist” lists due to her inescapable smash. Muni, whose resume proves she’s simply as a lot the previous and current as she is the long run, has no choice for what you name her.
“I’m at a spot the place I simply need to win,” she tells SPIN earlier this month, amid the regular rise of her breakout single. “There’s no ego concerned. I simply need to win. I’ve been ready very patiently for a very long time. And now that it’s right here, name me no matter. Simply let me in.”
Muni Lengthy is in.
After spending the final 10-plus years writing hits for everybody from Ariana Grande to Rihanna, and creating licensed membership classics in tracks like Ke$ha and Pitbull’s “Timber,” the 33-year-old is lastly experiencing what it’s wish to be on the front-end of that success. “Hrs and Hrs”—like most of her songs written inside a dream or at her kitchen sink–is the anthem of this yr’s Valentine’s season. The music’s rise started to take form when the LGBTQ TikTok group used the observe to again some sentimental movies on the high of the yr, and now the infants are even singing it, Muni jokes on the telephone.
“I’ll be just a little child in a Pamper[s diaper] that may’t even freakin’ speak, with ‘Hrs and Hrs’ and ‘Time Machine,’ each of them,” Muni says of her youngest followers. “They will’t even speak. I assume that’s why I’m interested by that. What’s it about my music that’s making the infants sing to, like, is it just like the frequency of it?”
These are the kinds of questions the Florida-born author has requested herself for the reason that music, a range off her newest EP, Public Shows of Affection, was launched on her indie label Supergiant Information. She explains that new surprises have come every day since her EP’s launch in November, from Halle Berry tweeting the lyrics to Halle Bailey singing the music.
“I’m nonetheless making an attempt to wrap my head round how TikTok interprets to radio, like studying the charts and making an attempt to grasp what is definitely taking place,” she says. “It’s new. What I’m doing, and what’s taking place with my music, and my label, and simply all the things that I’ve carried out, is totally historic. It doesn’t occur.”
Whereas Muni is effectively conscious of the weird nature of her rise to solo success and has huge desires of sooner or later doing one thing even rarer by changing into an EGOT winner, she stresses that she hasn’t let the well-earned success influence her presence on-line.
Final month, her music blocked The Weeknd’s newest album Daybreak FM from monopolizing the highest of the Apple charts. In response, she half-jokingly invited the Toronto artist to hop on a remix so he may maintain each charting place himself. “I believe if he did get on it, it will be superb,” she says of a Weeknd collab. “I believe he would simply slide proper in right here and be tremendous inventive. He is aware of what he’s doing. He’s an incredible author. I’m certain I’d love to listen to his interpretation.”
Contemplating a collaboration with considered one of music’s greatest stars might have appeared far-fetched for Muni and her followers just some months again, nevertheless it isn’t totally out of the query for her anymore. Her years spent behind-the-scenes writing songs or singing the dictionary on YouTube have been important in her present successes, she says, and at the moment are guiding her towards such objectives changing into a actuality.
Proper now, Muni now is aware of the ability of maintaining songs to herself and plans to concentrate on her unbiased solo music in the meanwhile. She’s confirmed folks improper earlier than, and whereas her subsequent profession steps might really feel much more bold than the final, it’s time to award her these flowers (and flowers).
“You are able to do no matter you need,” she says. “You simply gotta be tenacious, and never let anybody let you know something completely different. Like there’s all of the shit that they mentioned being a Black girl, being 32 years outdated, being unbiased. I did it. It’s taking place.”