Xpress - Shade
Honestly, it took me a bit more than a minute to get it. But once the flow changes, I realized, yeah he's just having fun. He wanted me to be hooked just enough to wait. And now that I see it, I can't stop listening. So many layers. I don't even know how it makes me feel, that's how dope this track is. My first reflex was to think of Action Bronson but then I thought of Jonwayne but then Lil' Wayne and the more I listen to it, the more I notice stuff and influences. Maybe that's just me and my own tastes I'm projecting onto the track but that's magic in itself.
Immense creativity with so much ease and so little actually in the track. Xpress to me feels like a creative genius. He doesn't really have to work on his craft but there's so much work in it though. I don't know he does it and that's the best thing to me. Like looking at a monochrome. You don't really know what to think and it forces you to feel. Maybe that's the meaning of the title. Outside looking in, you can't see anything. Inside looking out, you wonder if people can see you. Either way, you're on your own and you have to keep doing you.