Released: August 7, 2020
Label: Tribe Records
Genre: R&B • Disco
Producer: D’Mile • Tim Suby • xSDTRK • Deputy • SG Lewis • Bregma
Victoria Monét is one of the most amazing singers and songwriters of the new school of R&B. She’s been behind the scenes for years, writing songs for artists like Nas, Chris Brown, Brandy, Fifth Harmony, Chrisette Michele, GOOD Music, Chloe and Halle & Ariana Grande to name a few.
Victoria eventually got the world to take notice of her own work with her EPs Nightmares & Lullanies: Act 1 & 2 & Life After Love, Pt. 1 & 2. With Victoria being an independent artist, I truly enjoyed the exposure she was getting. My best friend put me on to Victoria’s Life After Love EPs, and let’s just say I’ve been fascinated ever since.
Let’s get to the reason we’re here shall we? Jaguar is the first project for the series of three parts Victoria is going to come together with to form her debut studio album. Jaguar is a R&B project with elements of funk, pop and disco incorporated in into the masterpiece.
One thing I love about Victoria is that she is one of the very few LGBT+ Black women in R&B music, and she definitely utilizes her platform to be a voice for her people, and I LOVE THAT FOR HER. You see that throughout the Jaguar project.
With themes of love, sex, self-assurance & self-love, Jaguar is one of the best projects I’ve ever heard in my life. Like I mentioned, the beauty of Jaguar is the production. The lyrics. The live band. Her vision for this project series is absolutely stellar, and she’s setting the bar high and we haven’t gotten her debut LP yet.
Released August 7, 2020, Jaguar has received widespread acclaim and was a successful album on the charts, peaking numbe fourteen on the UK R&B Albums chart and number one on the US Heatseekers Albums chart as well! If Jaguar isn’t the proof you need that Victoria Monét is here to stay, then you need to get in formation *in my Beyoncé voice.*
Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you Victoria Monét’s Jaguar
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II ・Tim Suby
Life is but a dream that you manifested slowly
So fuck a fantasy, this your motherfuckin’ moment.Victoria Monét, Moment, 2020
Jaguar opens with the stellar Moment. From a lyrical perspective, Moment is a song that has the singer sharing an intimate experience with her partner.
Everything about Moment is truly magical. It gives you a funky and psychedelic feel to it, and you kind of get warped into this world where you get to live out your fantasies and live in the now. The lyrics can also be seen as you manifesting that you’re in the right place at the right time. I also get that from the song. The song was released as the second single.
Big Boss (Interlude)
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II
I just wanna make you feel, make you feel, make you feel…
Big boss like a thousand dollar bill
Keep it real..Victoria Monét, (Big Boss Interlude,) 2020
The Big Boss (Interlude) is a whole vibe! Lyrically, the interlude serves as a form of affirmation..just remembering who you are or making you feel good about yourself. It also can be interpreted as making someone else feel good..making them feel like they’re a boss.
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II・Yonatan “xSDTRK” Ayal ・Kyla Moscovich
Dive is definitely one of my favorite highlights from the project. From a lyrical perspective, Dive speaks about the importance of women getting their pleasure during oral sex. Speaking about the song, Victoria talks about the meaning of this song with MTV News:
Women are an adventure. We are as powerful as oceans, as beneficial as H2O, and as fun as any theme park. Anyone lucky enough to taste that thrill should go all in. Dive playfully invites one to do so. It emphasizes the importance of women getting our pleasure through oral sex. It’s not talked about enough from our perspective and I wanted to break the ice. They say most humans are about 60% water, but I believe women must be 69%, so dive in baby.Victoria Monét via MTV News, 2020
We Might Even Be Falling in Love (Interlude)
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II
Victoria, we the people want a full version of We Might Even be Falling In Love (Interlude,) & fast! I am literally so obsessed with it. It gives me a retro 70s like groove with the production, and she sounds so amazing vocally. We get a different ( a softer) side from Victoria with this interlude that we don’t get throughout the project because she’s usually very blunt and direct lol, but I am optimistic that she’ll give us a full version of this song cause whew.
Written by Victoria Monét・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II ・Jamil M. Pierre
The title track gives me so much life! Jaguar is very essential to the project and everytghing sbout it is perfect. The band, production, lyrics, everything! It definitely is a bop that will have you on the dance floor.
Experience w/ Khalid & SG Lewis
Written by Victoria Monét ・Khalid Robinson ・ Samuel George Lewis ・Kyla Moscovich
Experience is everything to me! Collaborating with Khalid and producer SG Lewis, the disco influenced song is just fulfilling and very important to the project. Lyrcially, the song is about the meaning of experiences and how it can help someone do better in life. Victoria also stated to Apple Music that the song is also about standing up for yourself and being more outspoken.
I love how she said when they released the song as the third single, she wanted to release music that celebrates the importance of representation…so releasing the song during Juneteenth & Pride Month during the COVID-19 pandemic is truly brilliant and means so much to me that Victoria uses her platform for the Black LGBTQ+ peoples.
Ass Like That
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II ・Jeremy Alexander Urube ・Dillian Beau Baillard ・Donnell Stephens II
The lead single from the project is the immaculate Ass Like That and is a song about Victoria’s personal journey with her fitness and how good she feels about the goals she sets for herself. She also appreciates her body and self, hoping to inspire women to do the same.
Go There with You
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II ・Yonatan “xSDTRK” Ayal
Go There With You is definitely Jaguar’s hidden gem. I love the message behind the song, because we get to see Victoria be more vulnerable. From a lyrical perspective, the song speaks to wanting to focus on fixing the issue and try to find the positives and not fight. The production is simplistic, gritty like and just overrall so amazing.
Written by Victoria Monét ・Dernst “D’Mile” Emile ・Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
The final song on the Jaguar project is my favorite, Touch Me. We don’t get a lot of songs where a woman sings directly to a woman about sensuality, intimacy, sexuality and loving on each other. Victoria does not play when it comes to representation chile! I definitely love the vibe of this song. It’s very calming and beautiful. Victoria says that the song is going to be a cliffhanger for part two of Jaguar, and I love the direction she’s going. You definitely want your audience to anticipate your next record!!!
Victoria Monet proved that she’s here to stay with Jaguar. It was one of the best projects to start off the decade and I am definitely excited for what’s to come for the following installments in the Jaguar series. Victoria is a R&B legend in the making, and I love that for her. -MW.