Episode 149: Empress Of

“When I’m With Him”


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Lorely Rodriguez is a singer, songwriter, and producer who goes by the name Empress Of. She’s released two albums, and she’s sung on tracks with Khalid, Blood Orange, and Dirty Projectors. Her first album, Me, was made on her own. But her second album, Us, features a bunch of collaborators. In this episode, Lorely breaks down the Empress Of song “When I’m with Him.” She co-produced it with Jim-E Stack and Dan Nigro, and I spoke to Jim-E Stack for this episode, too. Lorely explained how collaborating with producers opened up her process. Plus, the song’s lyrics are in English, and Spanish, and Lorely describes how she relies on both languages to write.

Buy or stream “When I’m With Him” here, and watch the music video below. You can buy the album, Me on vinyl here.

For a transcript of this episode, click here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.