On Valentine’s Day, Jeremih treated fans to a few snippets of new, seemingly love-centric songs on Instagram, teasing that they’ll arrive “soon.” Well, soon is finally here, as Jeremih announced his new project The Chocolate Box earlier this week, and debuted a new track titled “Forever I’m Ready” on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio on Wednesday night (March 7).
The four-track EP is Jeremih’s latest offering since dropping off his Christmas-themed Merry Christmas Lil Mama: Rewrapped project with Chance the Rapper last December. The new effort’s lead single “Forever I’m Ready” is a nod to ’90s R&B trio H-Town, as Jeremih samples the crew’s hit “Knockin’ Da Boots,” as well as saluting ’90s R&B classics like 112’s “Only You” and K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life,” singing, “Only you that I’m thinking on the day-to-day/ All my life, yeah, it’s always been f—ing pay me.” By the time the chorus rolls around, Jeremih is trying to convince his lady he’s ready to take the relationship to the next level.
The Chocolate Box comes just months after Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign‘s joint album was said to be complete, by the pair’s go-to producer Hitmaka (aka Yung Berg). Hitmaka revealed while speaking on the Joe Budden podcast back in January that the joint project is “21 songs of greatness,” and boasts features from Chris Brown and PartyNextDoor. Ty Dolla $ign recently told Billboard that the album is “basically done,” but they’re waiting on clearances to move forward.
Listen to “Forever I’m Ready” below.