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Jessie Ware Pens a Doomed Love Song for Big Pun

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jessie Ware as our You Oughta Know artist for the month of April. We’ve been full-on stans for her debut LP, Devotion, ever since it was released in the U.K. late last summer, and we can’t wait until U.S. audiences are able to hear the album when its U.S. edition drops next Tuesday (4/16). One of our favorite tracks on the album is a bouncy number called “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” which draws its inspiration from a picture that Jessie Ware once saw of the hip-hop artist Big Pun.

“It was written when I was really struggling with what to write,” Ware confessed. “I was in my first session with this guy called Julio Bashmore, who I also wrote ‘Sweet Talk’ and ‘Running’ with, and I was so nervous. He had this hip-hop portrait book. 2Pac, Biggie, Snoop, DMX were all in it, and then there was Big Pun in this big throne in it. And it was an amazing, amazing picture. And I was just like, ‘Okay, I’m going to try and get him out of the throne and to dance with me.’”


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