Give this song a minute. I didn’t like the first few seconds, but then the piano started. And then, a few seconds later, this kid started rapping. I can’t remember ever hearing a voice that sounded like his. And while part of me, for some reason, didn’t want to like it, I couldn’t help myself. I did like it. Maybe because it’s new, or maybe because his rhymes (particularly as he gets deeper into the song) are unexpected and good.
This kid described this as “Explosions in the Sky meets The Roots.” I don’t know where he hears The Roots in this, but I can definitely hear Explosions in the Sky in the production. I would probably replace The Roots with “something you’ve never heard before.”
I always enjoy hearing new and refreshing music. Just like I always enjoy a glass of iced-water on a hot summer day. Cheers, CL Sosa.