Kiya Lacey realized that she needed to leave pink behind when she began making her newest music. She had been in her pink phase since her first big project, her 2015 EP Fell in Love. For two years, the soul-R&B singer's dreadlocks, clothes, and music videos were all colors on the pink spectrum, from rose to baby. And pink was having its popular moment. "That was also the fan attraction to what I was doing," she says, and she was happy to align with it. But the sound of this new era didn't feel pink.