Summer Walker’s ‘Over It’ Turns Two


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 26: Summer Walker performs onstage at the Bowery Ballroom on March 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Summer Walker)

Ja’Qaylin Harrison, Staff Writer

Two years ago, R&B neophyte Summer Walker released her highly anticipated debut album, “Over It.” The album was the world’s admission ticket to the rosy, groove-oriented mind of a then 23-year-old Walker. 

Centered in themes of love and relationships, “Over It” boasts an impressive list of features from Usher on “Come Thru,” Jhene Aiko on “I’ll Kill You,” Bryson Tiller on the Top 20 hit “Playing Games,” and Drake on the triple platinum-certified “Girls Need Love.” 

“A lot of the songs I already had written from past experiences,” Walker said in an interview with American Songwriter. “I collected those songs over time.”

The album’s lead single, “Playing Games,” samples Destiny’s Child’s 1999 hit “Say My Name” and displays Walker as she declares her worth to those who try to hoodwink her. The singer knows her value, and if her guy friend cannot get with the program, then he can hit the bricks. 

R&B legend Usher sounds as ageless as ever on “Come Thru,” which samples his 1997 classic “You Make Me Wanna.” Here, Walker, in her rawest form, passionately beckons to her lover, despite the obvious uncertainty of their “situation.” Sometimes love envelops us in its arms and dissipates those things that do not and cannot matter when our hearts find a common beat. 

That’s the way love goes, right?

Walker’s honey-coated rendition of rapper Drake’s “Girls Need Love” showcases the singer as she yearns for a man who can meet her needs — spiritual, physical, and most importantly, sexual. Every now and then, a girl needs a little TLC, heavy on the “tender.”

“Over It” would go on to debut at number two on the Billboard 200, with 134,000 album-equivalent units sold during its first week, and would be certified platinum on May 7, 2020. Released to critical acclaim, the album also broke the record for the largest on-demand streaming debut for a female R&B artist.

Since the album’s release, Walker has remained relatively lowkey, giving birth to a daughter in March 2021 with boyfriend London on Da Track, who produced most of the album’s songs.

On Oct 5, the singer announced her second studio album, “Still Over It,” which will be released on Nov 5. The album is sure to be nothing short of revolutionary, in true Summer Walker fashion.