As a self-described “shape-shifter,” NRB has realized to prioritize the emotion in her supply. “Chasing Desires” reveals a dignity and maturation that solely contemplation can present. “It’s extra reflective of the place I’m in life — the anger and the fad,” the Morgan State College scholar explains, alluding to her trials and the modifications pressured upon her amid a worldwide pandemic.
“Quarantine gave me the chance to take a seat nonetheless and construct programs for myself,” she says, and her latest work is the results of that self-discipline. This previous July, NRB debuted “Quarantine Queen” on YouTube, a vlog sequence she describes as an “alternative to be extra private” together with her supporters.” By way of a sequence of video vignettes, viewers share within the ephemeral moments of NRB’s day-to-day life as she rehearses music and choreography together with her bandmates, enjoys the Baltimore metropolis skyline, and laughs with associates as they play the handfuls on a neighborhood sidewalk. The second season premieres this week.
Thus far, NRB has collaborated with an array of DMV and Baltimore-based creatives. Reem Unknown, a outstanding producer in Baltimore’s DIY arts neighborhood, contributed slinking jazz to the “Quarantine Queen” sequence premiere. In October, NRB additionally teamed with Baltimore-based African wax material firm Powerful Omni to launch a limited-edition line of satin headwraps beneath such ethereal names as “Bounce Again Blue” — a reference to “Chasing Desires” lyrics through which she says, “Burned out/bounce again, twice over however it’s nonetheless blood working via my veins.”
The brand new yr guarantees new adventures for the ever-changing NRB. “After a yr of solo tasks, I’ve area to discover being a crew participant and serving to to create worlds that I’m not as intensely connected to and that [are] enjoyable and artistic,” she says. It doesn’t matter if she subsequent finds herself designing units for her associates’ music movies or forming a band — NRB each embraces change and depends on its inevitability to information her passage via area and time.
The one “Chasing Desires” is accessible on all streaming platforms. Season 2 of “Quarantine Queen” premieres Feb. 19. Sustain with NRB at nrbexperience.com.