I was privileged to witness Tamia live this year. With a career spanning 20 years, she effortlessly pulled gems and deep cuts from all seven of her albums. From the Jermaine Dupri-produced “Imagination,” to her latest hit from this year’s Passion Like Fire – “Leave It Smokin’.”
The Salaam Remi-produced track builds on a 90s hip-hop break beat, but feels ever-present and fresh. Matched with Tamia’s unbreakable talent, it’s one of R&B’s biggest songs of 2018.