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Listen: Joy Oladokun – “Poison”

Joy Oladokun gets heart wrenching on her newest track, “Poison”. “So you call this a dance, well I think it’s a boxing match, and you have the upper hand,” she sings on the song – the second single from her recently released debut album Carry. Speaking about the song’s message, Oladokun says “‘Poison’ is a song I wrote about a relationship that I loved being in, but in the end we both knew that we weren’t bringing out the best in each other. I think one of the hardest lessons that I’ve had to learn in love is that sometimes the most loving thing you can do for someone — and for yourself — is let them go.”

That’s an incredibly poignant statement from such a young artist – but one listen to “Poison” and you’ll instantly know Oladokun is wise beyond her years with a soulful voice that makes the painfully honest words she sings a cathartic release from sorrow. Her ability to so masterfully and poetically describe the most harrowing situations is reaching the level of artists like Adele: “Like a dagger draped in jewelry, the closer you get to my heart, the more it hurts.” Lyrics like these aren’t something easily conjured out of thin air; Oladokun’s music is from life experience, and her emotions are palpable.

“Poison” is anything but toxic to the ears –rather,  Oladokun’s “Poison” is the antidote to a broken heart, a reminder to listeners that everyone experiences a loss like this, and a shining example of how to make the best out of a bad situation. Listen to “Poison” below, and stay tuned to POParazzi for a full review of Joy Oladokun’s debut album Carry next week. Keep up with Joy on Facebook and Twitter. Purchase Carry on iTunes.

Written by Sam

Sam is the Managing Editor of POParazzi. He works primarily in Washington, DC. You can contact him at

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