Sonta has a lot to get off her chest — and heart. Since racking up millions of YouTube views with the soulful singles “You Ain’t Shit” and “Who Is She,” the singer/rapper known for delivering R&D, which she describes as “rhythm and drill,” is leaning into vulnerability and playing to her creative strengths.
The Chicago-based songwriter is no stranger to exercising her romantic theories on men through song. Raised on a mix of Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Jagged Edge, Sonta – the youngest of ten siblings in a musical household – turned to poetry and eventually writing raps to help deal with matters of the heart. Her 2018 debut In My Feelings put her range of emotions and lyrical prowess on full display while Hood Love: Vol. 1 was inspired by her first long-term relationship at 13 with a young boy, who was tragically gunned down in front of her.
Her forthcoming project, Chocolit, showcases her multi-faceted personality as both an artist and a woman as she straddles the line between sweet, shy chanteuse and sultry, seductive dominatrix. The title itself is a nod to her sexy alter-ego and her embracing and unveiling her love life and friendships as a beautiful Chocolit woman.
As previously heard on 2019’s Hood Love: Vol. 1, Sonta continues to call out liars and lovers on her new offering while keeping her attitude — and bars — intact. “The project is like power versus vulnerability,” says Sonta, who visualized chocolate melting as a representation of her music and melanin. “I am the epitome of a Black woman and I wanted to shed light on the power and beauty in that. Imagine what young girls go through. I want my project to show them that chocolate is so lit, it can even be addictive.”
For Chocolit, Sonta is reintroducing herself on a body of work based on her love life during quarantine. She illustrates both her feelings and freakiness born from real-life experiences. After being stuck in what she calls a “love loop,” she is set on proving her music can’t be contained in one category. Shifting between rap, R&B and a reggae vibe, Sonta’s project feels like a sonic mood board that includes anthems for the ladies like “Rappy” and “30 Bitches Deep”; responses to love crises with “Energy” and “Best Man Wins” as well as bedroom-ready gems like “Freaky Girl” and “Picture This.”
Fans can also consider Chocolit a personal treat from an artist who’s more determined to prove her supporters right than her haters wrong. “This project is one of the best versions of me,” says Sonta, who had input in the artists she collaborated with like fellow Chicago rep Queen Key, the mixing sessions and the steamy visuals. “I feel like I’m an open book, but I don’t mind because it’s so many chapters.”