‘Not A Toy’, by Western Australian award winning music artist, Jamilla, is an R&B/Soul track that features challenging topics of self-worth in the queer community. This track is the second single from her highly anticipated upcoming Debut EP, an upbeat track that uses playful harmonies in conjunction with it’s truthful but difficult lyrical meaning.
As an artist, Jamilla stands for the authenticity, vulnerability and self-expression. Her music often delves into themes of love heartbreak and self-discovery, making her an artist that connects with her audience on an emotional level. She has a distinct ability to convey raw emotions through her ethereal voice and perfectly crafted musical beats that flow together in harmony.
The track features a catchy arrangement of electronic beats, guitar strums, and atmospheric synth textures that create a dreamy introspective vibe. The instrumentation complements Jamilla’s voice and allows her emotive delivery to take center stage, along with her harmonies that adds flowy danceability to the track.
Jamilla’s vocal performance is also worth noting. Her ethereal and tender voice effortlessly conveys vulnerability and strength, adding depth and emotion to the song’s message. Her vocal delivery draws the audience to the emotion of the song which enhances the overall impact of it’s meaning. Jamilla draws inspiration from her personal experiences and emotions, which often resonate deeply with her audience on a relatable and comforting level.
“I don’t think that the story of 'Not A Toy' is a unique one. Many queer women have experienced the “straight” girl wanting to experiment outside of a heteronormative space [...] Not everyone wants to be available for a scenario like that, not everyone wants to feel like an experiment” - Jamilla
The song’s lyrics are another essential component that resonates with the listeners. Jamilla’s poignant and honest storytelling style allows her audience to relate to the song's message. The refrain, “I’m not a toy to be played with, when he’s not around” emphasises the need for respect and recognition of one’s self-worth in a relationship, and to not be used by another person. The powerful message empowers people to reflect on their own emotions and take back their own power in order to recognise and stop another person from doing that to them again.
Jamilla collaborated with co-producers JCAL and Luke Minness to help her bring her sonic vision to life:
“I had a lot of fun with the percussion and drums, making them punchy and dramatic which very much matched the vibe of the lyrics and the way I wanted to perform them.” - Jamilla