Ever since Daniel Caesar independently released his debut album, Freudian, in 2017, the multi-platinum GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has built his name as one of the most versatile contemporary R&B artists of our time – tracks such as “Best Part” featuring H.E.R and the Kali Uchis-assisted “Get You” have introduced the multi-talents undeniable star quality to the world, and his follow-up album CASE STUDY 01 has only proven it further. Delivering lyrically and sonically poignant releases and blending elements of soul, rock, and pop, Caesar’s artistry is one of a kind.
Last year was undoubtedly a whirlwind year for the Canadian artist. After a critically acclaimed, career-defining performance at the renowned annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in which he was joined by Justin Bieber for their collaborative number 1 hit “Peaches,” he then took over the stage at the Grammy Awards stage to perform the track alongside Bieber and Giveon. Additionally to that, he has signed to Republic Records after being independent prior, and gained new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It’s safe to say that Daniel Caesar isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
He has now finally returned with a gorgeous new offering, “Do You Like Me?” after teasing it on his socials a week prior, and it’s his first solo single since last year’s “Please Do Not Lean” featuring Badbadnotgood. Co-produced by multi-platinum artist Raphael Saadiq, Dylan Wiggins and Caesar himself, the song captures a dreamy yet funky atmosphere. When speaking about it, Caesar shares that it’s “a song about a woman I respect deeply.. 90 degrees of a love triangle.”
Lyrically, we find the artist unsure about a certain someone’s intentions. With lyrics such as “Will we end up together? Will you have my kids? You better / I wanna be in love again,” Caesar hopes to gain clarity from his love interest and is confident that his feelings are reciprocated, but equally realizes that there is a slight possibility of being dumped. He sings, “Worst case scenario, I get played (‘Nario) / But hey, this ain’t my first rodeo.” The remarkably smooth and vulnerable vocals complement the mood of “Do You Like Me?” perfectly as listeners once again get serenaded by Caesar’s outstanding talent.