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When I featured DeJ Loaf in Future Pop in 2014, it wasn’t with any expectation that she’d be releasing music that I would enjoy. In fact, although I thought she’d be respected by the hip-hop community, I didn’t think she had much commercial potential at all. Turns out, I was wrong! The Detroit rapper is now a singer, with long plaits replacing her edgy short-haired look. She’s still very cool, of course, but her new single No Fear is surprisingly poppy. It’s not a huge anthem, but it’s really sweet, summery and fun. It’s always nice when a quality pop song comes from an unexpected source. Welcome to Planet Pop, DeJ Loaf, I hope you’ll stick around!