Summer Walker: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Summer Walker play"Session 32", "Wasted", "Girls Need Love", "Riot" and "Playing Games" at the Tiny Desk.
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Oct. 21, 2019 | Rodney Carmichael -- Seconds before the cameras started to roll, Summer Walker showed just how much she was willing to sacrifice for her day at the Tiny Desk: She clipped her nails. It wasn't an aesthetic choice but a pragmatic one. Not even her love for a fresh set of bedazzled acrylics would get in the way of her strumming the soul out of her six-string Fender electric. The guitar wasn't the only thing she'd brought with her from Atlanta. In her lap sat "Friend," the pink stuffed animal who no doubt provided a bit of emotional support during a five-song set that forced the shy enigma out of her creative shell.
"Look, I'm really freaking excited to be here but I have social anxiety like a mother******," Walker told the NPR crowd at the end of her set, barely mumbling the expletive in an attempt to censor herself. "I'm freaked the hell out, I'm sweating, but this is so exciting for me."
A 23-year old singer-songwriter with an uncensored pen and brown-liquor vocals, Walker has become something of a patron saint for colored girls who've considered bossing up when heartbreak is too much. With the release of her official studio debut Over It, she made history last week by racking up the biggest streaming week of any female R&B artist ever. Meanwhile, the first lady of upstart label Love Renaissance (LVRN) is lowkey leading a sonic revolution in Atlanta that's turning the trap capital back into an R&B town. Her team was equally insistent on tricking out the Tiny Desk space by hanging lights that brought a diffuse glow to Walker's creative set.
For an artist who rarely grants interviews and admittedly dreads the public spotlight - despite an Instagram feed that clearly shows off her humorous, exhibitionist flair - Walker's Tiny Desk is revealing. In the span of 15 minutes, she performs fan favorites ("Session 32," "Wasted," "Riot") and the song that made Drake hop in her DMs, "Girls Need Love," before ending with current single "Playing Games." Even behind the bright lights and oversized eyeglass frames, her unadorned soul shines through.
SET LIST
"Session 32"
"Wasted"
"Girls Need Love"
"Riot"
"Playing Games"
MUSICIANS
Summer Walker: vocals, guitar; Elijah Whittingham: guitar; Angel White: vocals; Autumn Tuesdae: vocals; Slim.wav: keys; Stox: bass; Remey Williams: drums
CREDITS
Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Patrick Boyd; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Niki Walker, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Jack Corbett; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR

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  • NPR Music

    NPR Music

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    Tiny Desk fans: If you’re into hip-hop, then you know that it’s inherently protest music. Listen to our new podcast, Louder Than A Riot, to hear about the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Through the stories of Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, we’ll reveal how rhyme and punishment in America have always gone hand-in-hand. Check us out at: http://apple.co/louderthanariotpodcast

    • Kir.Stellamae

      Kir.Stellamae

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      so where is drake's performance??? Lets go tiny desk,,,,you can do it!!

    • Hey Big Head

      Hey Big Head

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      Love me sum Summer Walker

    • Teferi Lowe

      Teferi Lowe

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    • myone lock

      myone lock

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      You'all get some great talent to do that thang... She's a sweetheart doing sweet music.

  • Glory Witda_40

    Glory Witda_40

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    Can anyone please tell me the name of her band? Summer W. sounds great but that band is beyond dope!! Thanks in advance!!

  • Katrina Hamilton

    Katrina Hamilton

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    Jaguar brought me here. I see the teddy bear

  • Christian Williams

    Christian Williams

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    She got my face skwenting & nodding 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Joe Parks

    Joe Parks

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    If you don't look strange and are a straight person, you don't stand a chance to win!

  • Carmishia Hooks

    Carmishia Hooks

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    10 seconds in and I recognized the song...and it’s not what she’s singing. That is “Take The Box” by Amy Winehouse.🤔🙄🤦🏽‍♀️

  • RNLovely Russell

    RNLovely Russell

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    This is singing anxious??? Amazing

  • Dee Dee loves!!! C

    Dee Dee loves!!! C

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    I’m late, I’m here after jaguar wright

  • Keziah Xx

    Keziah Xx

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    had goosebumps the whole timeee

  • Aliyah

    Aliyah

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    She soundsss so good but it don’t look like she’s enjoying it a whole lot. Or maybe she just focus. But I’m sure she’s grateful for her success either way.

  • Marcella P. Grayer

    Marcella P. Grayer

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    She sounds really nice🎵🎶❤️ I’m old school but I love JAZZ and this sounds jazzy and mellow👏🏽

  • ja361

    ja361

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    💖💖💖

  • no meat plz no meat plz

    no meat plz no meat plz

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    I wish she had came with a more grown woman look for those provocative lyrics. There are too many pedophiles in the world.

  • King Smiley

    King Smiley

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    All the people who put a thumbs down on this clip obviously has no ears for music, it’s that or they just literally have no brain or not human. Congratulations miss Walker on you achievements and good luck on the rest of your goals. I needed to hear this. 🙏🏾

  • CHIZZO P

    CHIZZO P

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    Love her lips and her dimples when she sings - Seems like a chill soul - I need me one as such

  • AG2

    AG2

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    Salute to the homie Remey on drums 🗣WU

  • MOVES FOR DAYES Entertainment

    MOVES FOR DAYES Entertainment

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    She's amazingly talented and beautiful

  • Marketta Walker

    Marketta Walker

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    She is one of my favorite new artist. I like her style. Her voice and delivery is distinctive.... beautiful

  • Rosalynd Ousley

    Rosalynd Ousley

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    New fan!!!

  • Anna De Leon

    Anna De Leon

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    love her!!

  • katherine lendeborg

    katherine lendeborg

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    period

  • Clémentine Féliot

    Clémentine Féliot

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    blaire white

  • N Love

    N Love

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    She reminds me of yandy

  • Madaja Farmer

    Madaja Farmer

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    So smooth & eveyone looks beautiful

  • Bob Ty

    Bob Ty

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    megan thee stallion

  • Pete Peterman

    Pete Peterman

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    amberlynn reid

  • Luo Mulekwa

    Luo Mulekwa

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    Hey npr please have kehlani do one of these❤️

  • Nyhna Law

    Nyhna Law

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    I just feel like after a certain amount of praise and support, you grow up and out of your shell. With acts like Beyoncé, anxiety just isn’t enough for me. Her voice just like her studio vocals and she can be so great. I think it’s deeper than anxiety but whatever. I like her but I don’t. It’s weird. I’m over it.

  • J Davis

    J Davis

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    Aww the stuffed animal for comfort is priceless. She sings so effortlessly. A truly gifted singer :)

  • Teniecha C

    Teniecha C

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    So many people hated on this performance but why? She sounds amazing, her material is original, and we got to experience her authentic self. It actually doesn't get much better than this.

  • Ashley Washington

    Ashley Washington

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    Like is it me or was she even trying! Her voice was sooooo good live. I have to try realll hard to sing like that 😂

  • Dustin Chao

    Dustin Chao

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    OMFG SHE SING SO LIKE EFFORTLESSLY. ITS JUST AMAZING WATCHIN THIS

  • Ebenezer Odudimu

    Ebenezer Odudimu

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    Voice is magic

  • Charlotte Jones

    Charlotte Jones

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    so talented in every kind of way

  • I control the spice

    I control the spice

    16 օր առաջ

    bring back summer walker with surgery

  • Kels M.

    Kels M.

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    This is a whole vibe. Loving the rose quartz necklace

  • EnRico vs World

    EnRico vs World

    17 օր առաջ

    Everything I needed this to be 🙏🏾

  • Sydney Renee

    Sydney Renee

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    This is the most positive comment section in all YouTube 🥺🥰

  • ANTONIO PEDRO DE MORAIS MENEZES

    ANTONIO PEDRO DE MORAIS MENEZES

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    i love her eyeglasses

  • leimomi loeak

    leimomi loeak

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    The guitarist is fineeee

  • Dwain Thompson

    Dwain Thompson

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    Autumn & Angel can sing too there voices are 👌🏿

  • Ranasia Miles

    Ranasia Miles

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    i love this and her

  • diddy101

    diddy101

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    The way Jean looks at summer and plays the guitar so so beautiful he looks in love ❤

  • 이지성

    이지성

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    Guitar player jah kinda fine tho 👁👄👁

  • Harold-Dinho

    Harold-Dinho

    19 օր առաջ

    I can’t hear the bloody bass. Overall this is very cool though

  • RustyHornzMusic - Golden Era Hip Hop Production

    RustyHornzMusic - Golden Era Hip Hop Production

    19 օր առաջ

    She Favors Yandy Smith Right Here.

  • Modies Branch

    Modies Branch

    19 օր առաջ

    I’m in love I can listen her music all the time voice is so beautiful

  • kira jackson

    kira jackson

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    Dope af. I could listen to her sing acoustic all day ❤️

  • mal law

    mal law

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    She aight the talent bar has really dropped

  • Piineapples Vibez

    Piineapples Vibez

    21 օր առաջ

    Who still listen to tsunami69punani

  • diddy101

    diddy101

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    I smoke a bowl to this every time sweet melody love you summer 💙

  • Devon McGuig

    Devon McGuig

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  • neighborhood 'boyzz

    neighborhood 'boyzz

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    She's amazing, i can't believe i fell in love with her in a split second

  • paris adams

    paris adams

    22 օր առաջ

    here often😩

  • P Mackall

    P Mackall

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    Edges slayed!! Singing effortlessly ❤️

  • gabriel lando

    gabriel lando

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    nukes tops 5

  • Clover Jené Mermaid

    Clover Jené Mermaid

    23 օր առաջ

    love her...even more so after watching...feeling her chill vibessssssss

  • amanda

    amanda

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    she’s such a goddess for doing this dispite her anxiety.

  • amanda

    amanda

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    I love how she brought a stuffed animal for comfort 🥺 i love her so much

  • Faith Richards

    Faith Richards

    23 օր առաջ

    a real life angel

  • Erica Blige

    Erica Blige

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    Wow! She's amazing. There's Summer & Autumn, where is Winter? 🤣🤣
    Blessings 💜

  • alonso baeza

    alonso baeza

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    alt shift x

  • iAna

    iAna

    24 օր առաջ

    que perfeito

  • Re Niya Williams

    Re Niya Williams

    24 օր առաջ

    i lowkey saw her and she looked like dutchess frm black ink crew

  • Daniel Daniel Merino Merino

    Daniel Daniel Merino Merino

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    Riky secuelas.

  • Mose The great

    Mose The great

    27 օր առաջ

    Okay Summer!

  • Abigel Wondmnhe

    Abigel Wondmnhe

    28 օր առաջ

    It’s gorgeous to hear!

  • dmoney blockboy D-Bloc

    dmoney blockboy D-Bloc

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    She sounds Amaze!!!!! she gone have a long career singing that awesome

  • Godbody Twofoe

    Godbody Twofoe

    29 օր առաջ

    Only A Goddess Can Do this peace Earth💆🏾‍♂️🤝

  • Marlz Russell

    Marlz Russell

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    This Tiny Desk Concert shouldn't be slept on like this😍😍

  • L A

    L A

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    🖤

  • Chanell Rose

    Chanell Rose

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    💚💜🎵

  • Cheryl Griffin

    Cheryl Griffin

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    SUMMER you're a BEAUTIFUL and TALENTED young LADY, GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Andrea Lara

    Andrea Lara

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    🤍🤍🤍🤍

  • lavaice lord

    lavaice lord

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    i miss her nose

  • iiam snowflake

    iiam snowflake

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    0:52 he felling that man

  • Jealous Bri

    Jealous Bri

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    I love her voice is jut beautiful and soft

  • Dayane Nunes

    Dayane Nunes

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    Top demaisssss q naturalidade

  • chequila jackson

    chequila jackson

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    🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  • JerzeyRebel 47

    JerzeyRebel 47

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    So soothing and Relaxing

  • Sacorra White

    Sacorra White

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    Love it

  • Wonda Da Sea

    Wonda Da Sea

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    Wasted

  • Supremo

    Supremo

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    So sad that she felt she needed all the surgery she did.
    Shes always been beautiful. I hope she finds whats hurting her and heal.

  • Patricia Brown

    Patricia Brown

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    Effortlessly ❤️

  • Lynda Behtani

    Lynda Behtani

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    Summer you are a pure black gold . magnifique 😍

  • blkbeauti05

    blkbeauti05

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    "I need you to know, you don't know what love is." Here 2020.

  • bon carrillo

    bon carrillo

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    i instantly recognized her as she sat at d bar too bad my bartender doesn't know her this was in 2018

  • brelyn King

    brelyn King

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    Where did she get her glasses from 😁😁there super cute

  • Sunny Dela Cruz

    Sunny Dela Cruz

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    I’m still bumping

  • Alexandra Kimbel

    Alexandra Kimbel

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    this is so beautiful i feel like i'll cry

  • Isaac Solis

    Isaac Solis

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    Ok but these backup singers

  • xavier jones

    xavier jones

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    Her band all have super awesome names 🙌🏾👏🏾

  • BlG MlKE

    BlG MlKE

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    Summer is 🔥🔥

  • Bis4Best Life

    Bis4Best Life

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    she doesn't even look like she has to try....Natural talent

  • Z.A.K Music

    Z.A.K Music

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    She has such a beautiful tone. Anyone can sing but unique voices like this are just God given.

  • Jessus Deus

    Jessus Deus

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    Alguem brasilero

  • Raquibah Henderson

    Raquibah Henderson

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    She is such a talented woman. Singers like Summer, & H.E.R really are a breath of fresh air. I can tell she is nervous because she is so fidgety and trying so hard to focus on only the music. The fact that she is up there performing and being herself despite her fears is incredibly inspiring. ❤️

  • Mirannda Harris

    Mirannda Harris

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    Summer is the Loml!

  • Ihesha ReMa

    Ihesha ReMa

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    Beautiful beautiful