Honestly, on first listen I didnâ€™t care much for this. The reason is his voice takes a minute to get used to. He has a voice that, to me, at first sounds like a very young white guy. I know thatâ€™s weird, but it was off-putting for a minute. But thatâ€™s only on the surface. Once you get past that extremely shallow aspect of the music, the song is pretty dope. This is track telling a few different stories about people going through real shit in life. He has a great poetic story telling ability that reminds me of Slug or even Sage Francis. He doesnâ€™t sound like a lot of other rappers, but his cadence sometimes even reminds me of Scifentology 2 era Yak Ballz. Listening to this, itâ€™s obvious that he has a real skill at formulating songs. While this wasnâ€™t completely mind blowing, it was totally refreshing.
Iâ€™m sure many will just dismiss this as emo, but Iâ€™m an old man. I remember when emo wasnâ€™t used to describe hip hop at all and was left to the genre it was originally created by. But, in my opinion, labeling something emo doesnâ€™t mean shit anyway. It just means that the singer/rapper isnâ€™t afraid to show emotion. And if thatâ€™s the case, then, cool. This track is definitely emo, because Paul Thompson is definitely not afraid to talk about shit that is not hip hop stereotype friendly.
The production. Iâ€™m not sure who produced it, but I really really dig it. Itâ€™s got some great instrumentation with the piano and strings. Itâ€™s really nicely layered and goes quite well with the lyrics and story.
Overall, I think this track was pretty dope. Iâ€™ve actually listened to the entire album, but this is the track Paul sent me to talk about. The entire album is nice, but give this track a listen first and see what you think. Leave a comment below and let me know if youâ€™re feeling it or if you think Iâ€™m fucking crazy and it’s some straight up bullshit.
â€œThereâ€™s a fine line between fortune and talent. Donâ€™t mistake fate and luck. Itâ€™s a delicate balance.â€