The first track is Zeus, which was previously released as a single, comes through with production really shines. It’s upbeat and catchy while telling of his origins and dreams. The lyrics are heavy but playful. It’s a fine line to cross, and he does it masterfully. First talking about a bed full of pills, he transitions into a line about Ferris Bueller and still manages to keep the flow and tone.
Next comes the already released “Let’s Ride Our Heelies to the Cosmos.” A shorter track at just 2 minutes, this song is heavily lyric focused. Going with the metaphor, he talks about heritage, love, and life. Referred to as an “abstract tongue-twister,” the music fades out, and it’s just him and his words carrying the song. It’s quick-paced but with a slower beat, which makes it feel ethereal.
“Jumpstart” has a similar vibe to “Zeus.” It’s upbeat and talks more about how he got his start. It speaks about independence and how he’s big enough to give others a jumpstart since he already won. It’s a song that’s sure of itself like he is. You can feel his intensity and pride within it.
Taking on a different tone, “.22” shows more of his singing voice. Also released as a single, it’s slower and emphasizes his R&B side. It tells of his status and newfound fame. It’s lyrically potent while still holding onto the main idea. This album’s placement seems to be a banger track followed by a slower track, and so on. Continuing with the pattern, “Destroy Build Destroy” is about race and politics. Creative metaphors involving elephant tusks standing for Republicans coupled with an aggression that is palpable, this track is meant to send a message.
“Barely anybody” is about standing up and out. Keeping a constant beat, he keeps a level head while telling more about the position he’s in. This transitions into “Dirty Dan,” another single, which is coupled with a music video. The song has incredible production with an almost musical score in the back. It’s fun, wild, and memorable. “Suicoke” ft Jagonte shows off his range. Originally released in 2018, it’s appearance on this album shows growth and a new phase in his music.
Concluding with “Badtime,” Wesson Desir puts a lid on this story with a slower ballad. It tells of a love gone wrong.
This album is soulful, versatile, and packed with potential. His story is written in these songs, and there is so much of him left to unlock. Lyrically skilled and vocally talented, he is backed by synth beats and jazz. Moving himself wherever his mind takes him, you’ll have a hard time catching up, but you’ll want to be wherever he goes.
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Ali Bouldin is a freelance writer within the Black and Hip-Hop culture. With featured articles in multiple publications.