Dennis Leupold/Atlantic RecordsSevyn Streeter celebrated her 31st birthday Friday with the release of her debut CD, Girl Disrupted.
The 13-track album includes features with August Alsina, Dave East, Dej Loaf, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, and Cam Wallace.
“The premise of Girl Disrupted is centered on a message every young woman can relate to, the journey from a young naive girl to a grown woman,” Streeter says. “This important time in each woman’s life forces them to take ownership of their past in order to become the most true version of themselves.”
Beginning her career in 2013 with the release of her first EP, Call Me Crazy, But…, Streeter admits waiting so long to release her first full length CD caused her to suffer from depression. She also believes her race, and her sex, added to her obstacles.
“Being a young black woman can add so many different hurdles,” she tells RollingStone.com. “It was almost like I had a muzzle over my mouth. Sometimes I would place it there myself; sometimes I would allow other people to place it there.”
Streeter says her faith allowed her to overcome her career struggles.
“If God is in control of everything, why would I be fearful to say what I want, do what I want, ask what I want?” she says. “Why are you afraid of going left when someone else wants you to go right? It really did cause me to learn how to say no, to learn how to put myself and my thoughts first.”
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