Continuing from “Dear Yessie,” Jessie Reyez continues her streak with lovestruck songs with her latest single “Imported.” This time she gets assistance on the vocals by the singer JRM. Together, they produce yet another unique melody in this sexy new single.
“Imported” is allegedly a part of ‘Being Human in Public’ EP by Jessie Reyez which is an ongoing project. So far, we have witnessed singles such as “Sola,” “F Being Friends,” “Dear Yessie” and “Body Count” which have all been unique.
In the new song “Imported,” Reyez talks about her roots and how she is making it big in the industry. She also talks about the spicy hookups she does, because she does not care for long-term, messy and heartbreaking relationships.
Listen to “Imported” by Jessie Reyez
JRM’s addition to the vocals on this track adds a much-needed male perspective to the song. His voice contrasts to Jessie’s, however, it works on this track.
Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Imported”
Jessie Reyez opens up about her sexual encounters. She indirectly says that she is not ready for any long-term commitments yet. Even her name does not matter to the person she is hooking up with tonight. She would rather be anonymous than get her name painted over the wall of shame.
She is prone to making bad decisions. Even this guy she slept with might be a bad decision. But she gives her permission to for this guy to go tell his friends that he ‘hit her’ last night. She wears those badges like a proud veteran. She is proud of her ‘kitty’-which is a stripped version for ‘vagina.’
In the chorus of “Imported,” Jessie talks about offering her ‘help’ to guys who have lost in love. She says she can heal them for a night-maybe help them get over the person who broke their heart by letting them get under her. But she is not ready to fill the loveless void they have. However, she warns them that they cannot overdose on her. She is a short-term deal.
The second verse is a confessional about herself.
‘Imported’ in this song refers to the fact that Jessie Reyez is of a Colombian descent, now living in Toronto, Canada. So she might be feeling that she does not fit in very well there. She is ‘imported’ goods to Canada.
Next, she talks about post-realizations of a hookup. She knows she did nothing sacred under the sheets with a completely strange person. She grows into the realization that this guy just saw her naked and you are letting him free to the wild. That is a scary thought unless you are confident of any rumours spreading.
‘Fake it till you make it’ is a common phrase used in English to mean that one has to do whatever it takes, even if it means faking confidence, results, strategy, success or anything else until you get the big break.
The third verse of “Imported” is performed by JRM and includes much of the lines from the second verse.
However, several other lines tell us what JRM thinks. They lay in the bed after doing ‘nothing sacred’ and he wonders if she regrets what she just did. Does she wish for this to be a long-term thing? He is sure that he got her all aroused in her feelings now. But only we know the thought process of Reyez as said in the previous verses. Both seem to be on the same page.
We would love to see a music video for “Imported” by Jessie Reyez and JRM. What do you think about this new collaboration and the song? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.
Full Lyrics to “Imported” by Jessie Reyez and JRM