‘Rain On Me’ Co-Writer Nija Charles on Breaking Down Industry Stereotypes

Writing hip-hop and R&B songs has always been songwriter-producer Nija Charles’ strong suit. “That’s my culture, what I grew up in,” she explains — and she has the hits to prove it. The 22-year-old has written for stars like Kehlani, Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker and Meek Mill, and also worked on Grammy-winning albums like Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy and The Carters’ Everything Is Love. But Charles says that as a black songwriter, there came a point when writing for those genres no longer felt like her choice…

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