Haaaaave you met H.E.R.? Born Gabriella "Gabi" Wilson, the 21-year-old R&B singer — whose stage name is actually an acronym that stands for Having Everything Revealed — is nominated for five Grammy nominations this year. She came onto the scene in the fall of 2016, when her record label dropped H.E.R.: Vol 1, which later hit the top spot on iTunes' R&B chart. One of the standout tracks is most definitely "Focus," which also happens to be a Best R&B Song nominee this year. If you haven't heard it yet, you should plan to give the tune a listen before the 61st Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. Because H.E.R.'s "Focus" lyrics are all about feeling neglected and worrying about your worth: the worth of your time, the worth of your relationship, and ultimately, your own self-worth.
So intense, but also so relatable!
In an interview with Sway's Universe in April 2018, H.E.R. described "Focus" as a song about wanting to be seen.
"I think all women can relate," she explained. "I'm such a needy person. I think a lot of women are. We need our attention. And that's the place I was coming from."
I feel that, you know?
"Sometimes in a relationship or in life things are a certain way in the beginning," H.E.R. continued. "Then we get comfortable. We get comfortable, and things turn out to be a little bit less important and we kinda take stuff for granted. So that's the place I was in. I don't wanna be taken for granted."
Same. And with "Focus," you really feel what H.E.R. is talking about here, thanks to lyrics that are basically a straight-up call to really be seen.
It's so haunting, isn't it?
Now check out these lyrics from the chorus:
Me... Can you focus on me? / Baby, can you focus on me? / Me, me / Can you focus on me? / Baby, can you focus on me?
I mean, it doesn't really get more direct than that, does it?
Here are some more lyrics from "Focus":
Stuck on your phone and you're stuck in your zone / You don't have a clue / But I don't wanna give up / Baby, I just want you to get up / Lately I've been a little fed up / Wish you would just focus on / Me... Can you focus on me? / Baby, can you focus on me?
Lazy and broke? / No, he get this money, so I guess I can't complain / But I feel alone even when we're alone / And that don't cost a thing / But I don't wanna give up / Baby, I just want you to get up / Lately I've been a little fed up / Wish you would just focus on / Me... Can you focus on me? / Oh, yeah / Baby, can you focus on me?
It's such a smooth and beautiful song, even though the lyrics are filled with so much frustration and sadness. I really hope "Focus" takes home the statue for Best R&B Song on Feb. 10.
And if it does, we'll all be focused on H.E.R.