Willow Performs A Career-Spanning Setlist In New Tiny Desk Concert

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She came prepared for the legendary intimate venue.

The NPR Tiny Desk has served as a unqiue stage for many rappers and singers to show off their skills. Artists like Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller, and Anderson .Paak have all made memorable appearances behind the titular desk. There's been an extremely impressive roster of bands and artists to play behind the desk over the years. During the COVID-19 pandemic they even creatively shifted the series to memorable at-home additions from artists like Young Thug and Clipping. Now, R&B darling Willow is the latest to take the iconic stage.

For her performance she dipped back into her discography and delivered a career-spanning set. She played a trio of songs set to land on her upcoming album including "Symptom Of Life," "Run," and "Big Feelings." In between, she dipped into her 2022 album COPINGMECHANISM for the song "Split." After that she went all the way back to her 2015 debut album ARDIPITHECUS for a special performance of the fan-favorite "Wait A Minute." She did it all with the help of a lively four piece band. The video is already racking up hundreds of thousands of views and is currently trending on YouTube.

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Willow is gearing up to release a new album later this year. "symptom of life" isn't the only song she's shared from the project so far. Last year she dropped "alone" back in November which has racked up more than 3 million streams on Spotify. Just last month she dropped "b i g f e e l i n g s" which is well on its way to matching those numbers with nearly 1.5 million streams in less than a month.

2023 was the first year since 2018 that Willow didn't drop a new studio album following three solo releases and her collaborative project THE ANXIETY. What do you think of Willow's newly released Tiny Desk Concert? Did you expect her to pull songs from so far back in her discography to perform? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.