Much like the New Orleans–born artist who created it,Second Lineis an unapologetic genre bender that pushes boundaries, expands possibilities, and shatters expectations. It’s more than just an album:Second Lineis a cohesive sensory experience that questions traditional ideas of sound, production, and visual aesthetics as they relate to music. Its interlocking parts tell an epic story about the quest for artistic expression, with Dawn describing her project as “a movement to bring pioneering Black women in electronic music to the forefront.”
Dawn Richard (orDAWN, as she sometimes goes by) has been a lauded recording artist since she was 16, first gaining traction as a part of P. Diddy'sBad Boy Recordsroster in the groupDanity Kane. In her time with the chart-topping group, she worked with names as large asMissy Elliott,Timbaland&Rick Ross. In 2011, she began paving her solo career with a new, individual style that blurred the lines of her R&B past, mixing elements of electronic music, Afrofuturist aesthetic, New Orleans bounce culture & avant-pop impulses & collaborating with names as wide asDirty Projectors,Frank Ocean,Zendaya&Machinemusic.