On Her Debut Album, “D.Y.K.E.,” KayelaJ Tackles Her Inner Demons
An acronym for “Don’t yield, keep enduring,” D.Y.K.E. reveals much of what Johnson strove through. Over masterly crafted beats from local producers like Sir Nai and Blangblanglang, Johnson goes hard on bars about realizing her sexual orientation and, subsequently, getting played by straight girls and Instagram models, how black men don’t support black women, and abuse and depression. She pleads how her confessions are for black people and for queer people on the acoustic, slow-bop opener “For You,” making it clear the songs that follow are ones both groups can relate to.