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Mahalia Performs 'What You Did", "Simmer" & More + EXCLUSIVE Interview About New Album | MTV News

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– Hey everybody, I'm BDot, bringing you a special performance right here from the MTV News offices in New York City

Please welcome today's Office Hours guest Mahalia – (laughs) Hello everybody My name's Mahalia and I am gonna play three songs for you guys today You have to mind me slightly, I'm very jet-lagged I got here two days ago and I'm just a little bit out of it

But okay, cool so this first song, is a song that I wrote and it is called, "Simmer" And I basically (laughs), so I wrote this song, I don't even know why I was writing this song really in the beginning but I think when I finished it I was just really trying to tell this guy to just cool down, just leave me alone for a sec I like you, you like me, we know it, it's fine basically I'm here, but just stay over there a little bit So yeah

And it features one of my favorite guys, his name is Burna Boy, yes Okay, sick, let's just do it and I hope you like it if you don't know it (singing) Sometimes you love too hard Sometimes you go too far Now I won't want you if need me Real things do not come easy, no Never been your average girl So take time with me, take time Baby talk to me with some action We can find a place for your passion, oh Cool down, simmer Cool now, please me Cool now, sinner Cool down, love Cool now, simmer Cool now, please me Cool now, sinner Cool down, love Cool now, simmer Cool now, please me Cool now, sinner Cool down, love, love Sometimes, I want you close Sometimes, I want my space Just know I'm gonna call if I need you It's not my job to please you, no Never been your average girl So take time with me, take time Baby, talk to me with some action Think I got a place for your passion, oh Cool down, simmer Cool now, please me Cool now, Cool down, love Cool now, simmer Cool now, please me Cool now, simmer, simmer Boy, you make it too hard for me to stay here Boy, you're making it hard for me to be your love, love – [Burna Boy] Baby, don't make me tell you this I won't waste no time, I'll be proceeding quick The way you're moving lately got me feeling sick Like say you've forgotten who you're dealing with Man, ah real bread winner, me work nonstop You no cook no dinner when I come back Something wrong with ya, come out from that If me walk and leave ya, me nah come back Cool down, simmer – You're falling, but you don't wanna fall too hard You're falling, but you don't wanna fall apart 'Cause it might break if I give you my heart And you hold on too hard So cool down, simmer, simmer Cool down, simmer Cool now, please me Cool down Cool down, love Cool now, simmer Cool now, please me Boy, you make it too hard for me to stay here Boy, you're making it hard for me to be your love, love Simmer Simmer Yeah, yeah, simmer, simmer Yeah, no, no (audience applause) Wicked okay, so this is Charlie by the way – [Audience] Hey Charlie – And yeah, if I dance awkwardly or I have my back to you guys the whole time I'm sorry

Embrace my awkwardness Okay, so this next song is a song I wrote a while ago And the story behind it was that basically, when I was young, I dated this guy, and I really, really, thought I was smart, and he was a little bit older than me, and I thought "Yes, I'm 17, he's 19 and I'm in" And so I was with him for a long time Well, not a long time but like, six months

Which at 17 is like, six years I was with him and I thought it was amazing and then we got to the end of the relationship and I had a feeling that he was doing a bit dirt, like he was doing his dirty, but I didn't really know And then I found out through the girl and it was all a big mess and long story short, I only now, four years later realize how much it affected me and

how much it hurt me And so with this song, this next one, like, writing about infidelity and writing about cheating is weird for me because in my head, I'd never really accepted that I'd been cheated on I never accepted that somebody could go and do that to me

So when I was writing this song, it was a massive massive deal for me to kind of finally get all these words out And then my beautiful, beautiful friend, like two days before I was gonna put this song on the album, she gets in contact with me, and she says, "Have you submitted your album yet?" And I said, "Well, I got two days, why?" And then she says, "I would have loved to be a part of it" And so, I take this song, I send it to her 24 hours later, she sends me her verse and then a day later it goes on the album So this next one is called, "What You Did", and it features Ella Mai

– [Bdot] Yeah (applause) – And it's my first time singing it, so (singing) I know what you did Yeah, I know, I know And I wanna talk 'bout it And I know you don't I been holding guard for so long, so long And I don't know where to start, I don't know where to start Tell me where you hide, where do you go? Tell me is she nice, does she know I know? Tell me why you lie, tell me why I don't know what you are I don't know what you are, no What you did Yeah, you know I love you but I can't forgive it You could tell me stay, but I have to go 'Cause I would not expect someone to stay around If I let them down, oh – [Ella Mai] Oh, it's funny how Right when I let my guard down You play around And no, not this time, we can't hash it out It's too late for me to stay I wish all the things you say Was what your behavior displayed But, no, I could've done without without lies, lies And although I know love is blind, blind This just don't feel right Ain't no more we, ain't no more you with me – What you did Yeah, you know I love you but I can't forgive it You could tell me to stay, but I have to go 'Cause I would not expect someone to stay around If I let them down, oh What you did Yeah, you know I love you but I can't forgive it You could tell me to say, but I have to go 'Cause I would not expect someone to stay around If I let them down, oh I'm so down Oh, I won't excuse you, I don't wanna go down, yeah Do you know that you've been the reason I'm so low? So you told me to stay here, but you know that I won't 'Cause I still can't believe What you did, no Yeah you know I love you but I can't forgive it You could tell me stay, but I have to go 'Cause I would not expect someone to stay around If I let them down, oh What you did Yeah, you know I love you but I can't forgive it You could tell me stay, but I have to go 'Cause I would not expect someone to stay around If I let them down like this I would never, I would never do it, baby Don't try change my mind Me and you are done (audience applause) – [BDot] Ah, man

How you feelin' Charlie? – I'm good, yeah (laughs) – That was awesome, Mahalia I appreciate it – Thanks – Now, listen you say you identify your music as psycho acoustic soul

– [Mahalia] Yes – You seem pretty sane to me Can you explain that to me and the audience? – I mean, yeah, the psycho I mean the psycho acoustic soul thing actually kind of was thing I used to use to describe my music when I was really young And I kind of carried it through until I was like 18, 19 I think now I kind of used it as a way early on to not be pigeon holed basically 'Cause I was so scared Particularly, in the UK 'Cause you see, so I found out here, when you guys say R&B, you mean R&B

– Yeah – Right? In the UK, when people say R&B, I don't know what they mean And I feel like they don't really know what they mean So at home, it was really important to me to just make sure that people understood my music The psycho is not my brain, darling

(laughs) – Just making sure – (laughs) The psycho was like, it was basically a word I wanted to use, I guess, to describe my way of writing And I think my way of writing is really kind of, it's really clear that you can hear all the little colloquialisms from where I'm from And I'm from a really small town And it's a place called, Leicester

And so I think the psycho part of it was just kinda to talk about my way of writing And then acoustics, I used to play the guitar And then soul because I'm soulful as (laughs) Yeah, but that's it – Okay – Yeah (laughs) – Well, you also have some really cool features on this album You got Burna Boy, on "Simmer", which is my favorite, Ella Mai, like, how did you decide who's a perfect fit for your sound in terms of collaboration? – I don't really know I think most of the time when I finish a song I kind of know if I want somebody on it, first and foremost

And then if I do, you kinda just know Sometimes, with "Simmer", I actually didn't know for like a month, I was trying to, yeah like I was working it out for ages And then it was a really good friend of mine who came to me and was like, "Why haven't you hit up Burna Boy?" And I was like, "I don't know" – [Bdot] (laughs) Got his number? – No, I don't

But no, sliding into Burna Boy's DM's is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life But yeah, so it's like, I think you just know And I kind of knew who I wanted on the album There's another tune with a girl from the UK

, her names Hamzaa She's incredible And then a guy, Lucky Daye, from out here, so – Lucky Daye, man – So for me, it was like, I wanted to get people who I respected musically

And who I think also respected me, so yeah – That "Simmer", that sample of Beenie Man Can we get him on a remix? – I'm trying – (laughs) – I'm trying – Word, and also the album, 'Love and Compromise'

– Yeah – It's such a meaningful title What was the science behind that? – So it actually comes So when I was like three or four years ago, my mum played me an interview on YouTube from Eartha Kitt And it's Eartha Kitt's on Love and Compromise

And it you haven't seen it you need to – It's on the intro – Exactly If you haven't seen it, you need to see it And it's basically, it's like two and half minutes of Eartha Kitt explaining why she would never compromise in a relationship And I really related to that because although, you know I really feel like there's so much negative connotation around the word compromise

And people really believe that compromising is something bad Whereas I think after watching her speak, you know, she starts the interview off by saying, "I would never do that" And then she ends it by saying actually, "I wanna fall in love with myself and I want someone "to share me with me" And I think that's the message You know? And so, I think in my music, that's just always what I'm trying to say

It's just like you can be there, and you can be with me but I need you to respect me in all of these different ways And also me show you respect too – Absolutely – So yeah – Have you had a compromise in a relationship? – Of course

– (laughs) – Everyday, haven't you? – (laughs) Yes, I do But yo, can we take some questions from the fans watching on Instagram Live? – Yes, definitely, definitely – Okay, cool All right, so Maddie Ryan says, "Welcome to New York City "What's your favorite thing to do here?"

– Oh, I think a bike ride in Central Park – Ah, nice – I actually haven't done that much Every time I've been here, I've been doing this – Okay

– So I haven't actually done that much but I think yeah like, I'm a walker Or like something active definitely – Baby Got Back, Bok, excuse me (laughs) What a name Baby got Bok How fun was it to burn a car with Ella Mai in a video? – Oh, my God, so much fun

I wish that I could show you, like, at some point I should definitely put out there's a video of basically the whole five minutes We like walk away and 'cause we do the little swift walk, we get past the camera, and then we just both immediately turn around to watch this car burning And to be fair it looks so badass, but there was, like, two fire brigades there There was security We couldn't get anywhere near it and it was pretty badass

And then I remember I stood and they forgot So basically, I didn't know that when you burn a car you have to pull everything out so it doesn't blow up And then you have to smash in the windows, so no glass is going everywhere

And we were stood and for some reason they forgot to smash out the back window – [BDot] Oh no – So all we hear is this pop and honestly, both of us like hands over each other's head on the floor and it was just and they got it on camera and it's the funniest, biggest scream – We gotta get that – I know, I need to post that at some point – That was like a 'Waiting to Exhale' moment when you was walking out

– Yeah, wasn't it I know – Gotta love the last question for Valentice asks, "You're about to go on tour, "how do you make your show special in every city "that you're in?" – First of all I try and not sing flat That's really important And I think, the thing about– I don't know if it's just because of where I'm from, but I'm super chatty

And whenever I used to go to gigs, I used to, and I'm talking like when I was kid, I used to feel so disconnected from the person on stage And I always hated that feeling of feeling like me and them And I'm here to see a show and then I'm leaving Some people love that But so for me, it's about breaking down that wall

I'm basically just having it as an open space I like when people talk to me from the audience I like when people come on stage I like that kind of– So I think in every city it just changes because I'll be in a different mood so you never know – So you love the intimacy? – Yeah, I love that

And I like people to know what the songs are about I like them to know how I'm feeling I want to know how they're feeling that day So yeah, but it changes every night – Okay, cool

How you feeling now? You good for another song? – Yes, very good – All right let's do it – Okay, good – Let's get into it Everyone make some noise

(audience applause) – Okay, wicked so this last song is about my ex I wrote this song So this song was actually the first song that I wrote from my debut album Basically, it was like, so this is last year, January When I was writing this song everybody said to me immediately, "You can't ever put this song out

" And in my head I was like, "Why not?" And I think everybody was just like, "He's gonna get hurt "It's not very nice," blah blah blah I was like, "Okay" But so, I wrote this song because when I broke up with my ex I really, I really loved him But I just didn't want to be with him anymore

And I think so many people have been there where you're just like, you're fine I just, you're not my fine, you know? And so, yeah, so writing it was a weird process for me because I think my heart was breaking, and so was his, except he was calling me, and he was texting and was trying to get a hold of me And he was like, "I need closure," and I couldn't give it to him I didn't have any of the answers to his questions I just knew that I wanted to be out of the relationship

So as much as this song is a bit of a dis, and a bit of it's my little like, I was about to swear, so I need to be really careful But my little like it's my bad moment It's like, I kind of, I think I feel bad in this song when I'm singing it But this songs called, "I Wish I Missed My Ex" (audience applause) (singing) Every time the weekend comes, yeah I know that it won't be long, yeah 'Til you're gonna call my phone, yeah You'll be like "Babe, come over" I know how this goes, yeah talk about you need closure Too many missed calls, too many texts Damn I wish I missed my ex Every time the weekend comes, yeah I know that it won't be long, yeah 'Til you're gonna call my phone, yeah You'll be like "Babe, come over" I know how this goes, yeah Talk about you need closure Too many missed calls, too many texts Damn I wish I missed my ex You know I been waiting for this call Baby I don't wanna do this all today Don't you know you're so predictable I can tell you everything you're gonna say, like Hey you (hi) How you been lately (fine) I been missing you baby (sigh) I don't know if I can take this again Every time the weekend comes, yeah I know that it won't be long, yeah 'Til you're gonna call my phone, yeah You'll be like, "Babe, come over" I know how this goes, yeah Talk about you need closure Too many missed calls, too many missed texts Damn I wish I missed my ex You know I ain't looking for no trouble So why you tryna test me on my holiday Boy you must be living in a bubble Oh, go with the wind, fly fly away now Hey you (hi) How you been lately (fine) I been missing you baby (sigh) I don't know if I can take this again Every time the weekend comes, yeah I know that it won't be long, yeah 'Til you're gonna call my phone, yeah You'll be like "Babe, come over" I know how this goes, yeah Talk about you need closure Too many missed calls, too many texts Damn I wish I missed my ex Texting, texting, texting Troubling me all over my phone all night This ain't love, you're troubling me You're wishing you were still mine I'm the only one you wanted But I can't follow where your heart is Cool it 'til the morning, nananananana Texting, texting, texting Troubling me all over my phone all night This ain't love, you're troubling me You're wishing you were still mine I'm the only one you wanted But I can't follow where your heart is Cool it 'til the morning Every time the weekend comes, yeah I know that it won't be long, yeah 'Til you're gonna call my phone, yeah You'll be like, "Babe, come over" I know how this goes, yeah Talk about you need closure Too many missed calls, too many texts Damn I wish I missed my ex Yeah yeah yeah La la la la I wish I missed, I wish I missed I wish I missed my ex Too many missed calls, too many texts Damn I wish I missed my ex (audience applause)

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