LA-based pop artist Jordi Up Late shares “TLQ,” alongside her first live-action music video. In anticipation of an upcoming debut, this release is a follow-up to a handful of previous singles including “IDRK” and “Back In LA,” which received acclaim.
An R&B-infused romp, silky smooth and still razor sharp, “TLQ” is unapologetically blunt, expressing Jordi Up Late’s up-front nature regarding her no-bullshit attitude and her inability to skirt around her point — she says what she thinks, and feels how she does, without feeling like she needs to explain herself. As the song details, she can traverse the line between nice and mean, as she sings, “When I’m sweet, those words are like honey / And if you think I’m cruel, it’s not ugly / And I know you’re feeling low, it’s not funny / Hey, but I want you to know, I’m not sorry.”
On the track, Jordi Up Late says: “I don’t remember the context but one of my friends titled me the ‘tough love queen’ over text and I knew that had to be a hook. TLQ perfectly describes my personality. I’m a straight shooter with a really big heart. I’ll tell you what you need to hear but I’ll also be there for you when you cry about it. I’m very unapologetic about being blunt, because it comes with being my most genuine self. Of course brutal honesty can get me into trouble sometimes, but it’s served me in all my relationships both platonic and romantic. People know where I stand.”