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Review: "I Hate Florida" - Jackii Kennedy

"I Hate Florida" is about both Jackii's hometown roots and doing wild things out of boredom. More specifically, it's about her hometown, Key Largo, and her ex who is still there. Within her lyricism, Jackii delves into the idea of doing out-of-character things when you're really bored. These out-of-character things can even be falling for someone you know that you shouldn't fall for. This person can leave a lasting impact on you, an impact so big that they could taint an entire place for you. In this piece, Jackii reveals that Florida is now a place with that person's memory all over it. With spunky beats and an upbeat melody, Jackii introduces her sophomore EP with this wonderful track.

Even though this piece reminisces about an unliked ex, the track as a whole is really upbeat and has great vibes. Jackii gives her listeners a fresh, powerful beat to go with the chill melody in this piece. The song has some beach rock influences to go with the pop-indie melody creating a smooth sound. This makes the song pretty upbeat but also gives off a chill vibe. As for her lyrics, Jackii sings about the back and forth she goes through with this location and person. Lines such as "I'll never get sober because I guess I'm never getting over..." and "I hate Florida but I don't really mean it." All of these pertaining to the relationship Jackii has with this person: not wanting to stay but also not necessarily wanting to leave. This song is a wonderful blend of love, loss, anger, and sadness all while being swayed by the calming beach melody.

Jackii makes funky, psychedelic pop/r&b music and wants to make the definition of queer music as fluid as your sexuality at 2am after a little too much tequila. She feels the most alive when she's performing. She writes and produces all of her music with her collaborators Ryan Raines (Dominic Fike, Peach Tree Rascals, Will Jay), Hudson Taylor (Kanye West), and Drea Rose. Her music is for people who are also fans of Omar Apollo, Rex Orange County, Maggie Rogers, Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Kehlani, SZA, and H.E.R. She has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in Los Angeles, headlined a festival in her hometown of the Florida Keys, had her music played on the radio all over Southern California, collaborated with dance superstar Tessa Brooks, and has been featured on numerous blog outlets.

Written By Melina Darlas



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