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Parkwood Entertainment emcee INGRID shares her ‘Trill Feels’ project.

It was mainly by way of Beyonce and Sevyn Streeter that INGRID was put on the radar of many – the former, because of INGRID’s association with Music World Entertainment and, most recently, her writing credit on the LEMONADE track, “Love Drought” (whose lyrics allegedly were inspired by Parkwood Entertainment’s mishandling of her early on); and the latter because Streeter’s star power was an excellent boost to INGRID’s rhymes on her breakout single, “Flex.”

But the Third Ward native – born Ingrid Burley – is standing on her own on Trill Feels, her debut EP and first body of work released under the Parkwood brand. Those in the Houston area were treated to a free “release party” of sorts last week, where INGRID performed selections from the project live and in color.

Trill Feels’ features seem to dually serve as co-signs for the emcee: Devin the Dude and Kirko Bangz roll out the red carpet for INGRID to join them in representing the H on “Coming Dine”; and singer/songwriter/Sensei James Fauntleroy complements INGRID perfectly on album closer “Change Things.”

But Trill Feels thrives most on sounding like the summer: its release time is perfect for overbearing heat, the sun shining at its brightest in the sky, pool parties and cookouts and even day parties where the clientele are adorned in white formal wear. Lead singles “Flex” and “Double Pedigree” thump and bang with reckless abandon. “Fun” is a genre-blending three-minute number that borders on the epic.

And though she is a rapper first and foremost, INGRID’s vocals are just as potent and infectious as her rhymes. She can go hard in one breath and be vulnerable and scorned in the next. Her voice soars on the clear standout cut “F*ck All Day (F.A.D.),” obviously influenced by Missy Elliott and Timbaland in their heyday; and it causes many a body to rock on “Thing Called Love/Love Me.” It is distinctive, creative, and takes chances that pay off. And while its seven tracks cover an array of sounds, Trill Feels is Texas made through and through – and INGRID won’t let you forget it.

Stream INGRID’s Trill Feels EP for yourself down below. Trill Feels is out now on iTunes.