[ALBUM REVIEW] On A Scale Of 1 – 10, What Would You Rate Ayra Starr’s New Album “19 & Dangerous”?


On A Scale Of 1 – 10, What Would You Rate Ayra Starr's New Album “19 & Dangerous”?

On A Scale Of 1 – 10, What Would You Rate Ayra Starr’s New Album “19 & Dangerous”?

“19 & Dangerous” lets us into the mind of a typical Gen Z, as Ayra Starr explores themes of love, heartbreak, relationships, sex, and drugs — everything that’s on the mind of kids in their prime.

She opens the album, screaming “they don’t care about you” with a tone that has ‘speaking from experience’ written all over it.

Right. She’s a 19-year-old, a teenager that the society to be some kind of way, act some kind of way, be a good girl, maybe, not go out at night or party or indulge in alcohol and drugs, all that other stuff.

But all these, for who? Not for herself, she has come to realize. It’s for people who don’t care if you live or die. Why go through all the stress, then. The world doesn’t care, so like every Gen Zer these days, she also just wants to live her life the way she wants. She won’t care about anything else. “If I cast make I cast.. ”

Now, that is dangerous.


All through, Ayra Starr tries to simplify all of the complexities of youthfulness with her raw afro-pop melodies, bouncing on top of the London beats like she’s been doing this for a while.

The Mavin Records signee has indeed been working for quite some time. There are reports that she’s been signed to Don Jazzy‘s imprint since far back as January 2020.

She debuted earlier this year with an eponymous 5-track EP that brought her more than just Tems comparisons. Starr’s got a hit in “Away” and she’s been riding on that wave ever since.

Where “Ayra Starr” is a collection of introductory tracks and hit potentials, “19 & Dangerous” is simply what a debut album should be — a chronicle of the life she’s living, and her current perspective of her past experiences. You can say it’s like a diary.


So many themes were explored on the project and she was swerving through those phases quickly, like someone that was indeed on drugs.

For instance, in “Lonely,” she’s longing for a boy that wouldn’t text or call back. She’s lonely and heartbroken, and she admits it’s because she loves him a little too much. But a few minutes later on “Snitch,” she’s now under the influence of alcohol and she’s threatening to damage his reputation on Twitter, and tell on him to all the hoes he’s been fucking.

Toxic” addresses a past relationship where she gave her all and thought what they had was love, but it was just a facade. Now her eyes are clear and she’s realized all they did was drugs. As anyone would, she’s asking why. “Why did you make me do it? Why?”

The rest of the album is pretty much just Ayra Starr in her feelings. “Karma” had her singing a love song for karma, after a boy who left her also got dumped. “Beggie Beggie,” with CKay is another afro-pop tune. On it, she’s wondering why she’s in the disadvantaged position she’s in and if it is fair for her to be treated that way. Everything else is just what it is.

19 & Dangerous” is an eclectic body of work and even in its exploration of various themes, the connection wasn’t lost. The music isn’t crazy, the beats are either afro or trap, and her voice just fits.

If a 19-year-old girl has a diary, this album is probably what it would look like.

Rating: 8/10

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On A Scale Of 1 – 10, What Would You Rate Ayra Starr’s New Album “19 & Dangerous”?

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