Ella Mai's rise into stardom has been a sight to see this year. After etching three EPs in hopes gaining traction, her 2017 release, Ready, propelled her to mainstream prosperity, courtesy the silky single "Boo'd Up." After snatching a top-five hit on the Hot 100, Mai attempts to strike gold again with her new record "Trip."
The piano-laden song finds Mai deeply entranced by the love she's receiving in her relationship. "Maybe it's your love, it's too good to be true/ Baby boy, your love, got me trippin' on you," she sings over the somber keys. For Mai, not only is she finished with her debut album, but she's also prepping for her forthcoming tour, which is slated to begin Aug. 6 in Dallas.
In a new interview with Billboard, her producer, Mustard, explained how "Trip" came to fruition. '"Trip' was one the songs we did in the studio later down the line," says Mustard. "I drew the chords in Fruity Loops. I can draw the chords but I'm not that good, I'm not Beethoven. I played the chords for her and I called Quinton from her band to play them. So, while she's writing, I started doing the drums and by the time the session was over, we had the full song. Ella] knocked that shit out, and it was crazy."
He added: "We did three more days those type sessions. That's one thing I told her -- I wanted to start from scratch. I don't want to bring anything in from before. I wanted to really create what we want to hear. We picked the best songs what she did before to finish the album. We went in and made six or seven more songs and that was one them. Whoever I played that for when they walked in was like, 'Wow.' It's a good song."