Born and raised in NYC, Talia Goddess (Tayahna Walcott) is a creative powerhouse. Self-taught, singer-songwriter, rapper, music producer, model, DJ, and multi-intrumentalist – at just 18 years old, she is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Her multi-hyphenate accomplishments signify she is cultivating her own identity through relentless talent and grit.
Her new rap release “Never Wanna Fall” is the debut single off of her forthcoming EP Poster Girl. With a breathy voice full of conviction and soul well beyond her years, she confirms there is a fierceness and power that comes from showing vulnerability.
Beginning with influences of reggae music, she takes us through the full scope of break-up emotions. From a narrative of anger and disbelief: ‘Why must I lose myself, I always end up being alone’ ‘I don’t ever want to fall in love’ (being the catchy centrepiece of the track)What? Are you kidding me?….you only stuck around because you pity me?’ The effectiveness of the song lies in her ability to cultivate those inner thoughts and feelings, refining them into comprehensive lyrics.
The bouncy background riffs slide into a deeper hip-hop sound that match her vibrant rap verse. The quick-switch comes from an epiphany of self-worth, with flows reminiscent of spoken word poetry: ‘Silly me for trying to be anything other than myself to make you happy, I can guarantee you that I am a diamond…I know what I deserve…’ It’s a song to shout along to, a song to sing passionately to, and a song to dance to.
The track covers a broad range of genres, revealing TG’s skills as an artist. Distorted bass brings an element of wavy psychedelia to the instrumental bridge. The song’s cosmic soul sound evokes memories of Childish Gambino’s 2016 masterpiece of an album, “Awaken, My Love!”. Layers of harmonies, funky electric guitar and overproduced synth (an homage to 70s/80s rock n roll stylings) signal an understanding of musical history. Spiced up with modern references, the futuristic ambience suits today’s joyously eclectic tastes. The instrumental gently transforms into the outro, dissolving into a hazy fadeout for extended enjoyment.
In her own words, Talia Goddess is ‘determined to foster a safe and inclusive space for queer, Black people such as herself’ at the same time redefining the norms and expectations of youth. Get ready for the Talia Goddess Takeover…
Words: Arabella Fenwick