Then, to much online fanfare, Uffie started dropping a slew of new singles early last year. On "Drugs," over a wistful synth, she tries to persuade a lover to choose their relationship over partying. Standout single "Sad Money" is a meditative, emo trap ballad, in which she sings, "I wish I had a falsetto just like Swae Lee / I wish I never found out about Gucci / I wish I knew the best things in life are free." Over a decade later, her sound and lyrics are still as singular as ever, incorporating modern music trends yet still making it her own. It's like she never left.
We sat down to chat with Uffie about her new EP Tokyo Love Hotel, emo music, and self-care.
How has the reception been for this EP so far?
It’s been really good. I was definitely a little nervous, obviously, releasing my first big body of work in a long time with this EP. And also because it’s such a different direction, but it’s going really well. Playing it live a couple times has been really fun.
I had this one week where I was really sad, and I was listening to “Sad Money” on repeat. It felt really meditative. Do you have any songs or artists that you listen to when you’re sad?
I have to be very careful with sad music because it can just make me 10x more sad. But someone I do love for that meditative, calming-out-of-the-sadness feel is Johanne Johanssen. He’s a classical composer from Iceland, but it’s very beautiful. It’s kind of loopy and repetitive. That’s definitely my morning sad vibe.