In the five years since Jeremih last put out an album, his slinky voice has been everywhere. A radio fixture since his debut in 2009, the Chicago R&B singer has had four Top 10 Billboard hits, including the platinum-selling “Don’t Tell Em,” which in June 2014 became the first official release from his new album and peaked that fall at No. 6.
But “Late Nights: The Album” didn’t come out then. Or this summer. No fewer than six potential release dates were floated in the music press. Each came and went without a record.
It’s strange then, or strangely fitting, that when “Late Nights” was finally released on Friday via Def Jam, it came without warning — a welcome surprise for hungry fans, sure, but also a crash landing for a long-planned project.
Not quite a secret drop, à la Beyoncé, because of years of false starts and a slew of advance singles, “Late Nights” received the “perfect ghetto rollout,” Jeremih said the next day with a mix of resignation and good humor. “You’re talking about somebody that ain’t got no videos for any of my platinum singles,” he said of the lack of promotion. “You can’t ride around New York and see my face on a poster, and my album’s out.