Triy's "The Care Package" Review

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Triy isn't a new artist on the Boston music scene, but his drive and energy as of late has shown everyone that he is here to stay.  The promotion of his debut album "Triy Season" has been seen throughout his and his team's social media outlets so it appears they are gearing up for a big release.  In the meantime, Triy dropped "The Care Package" EP to hold us over for now. 

The Care Package is a seven track project that opens up with Triy letting us know how he feels about where he is now in his career and how he understands that this is what comes with the game.  Whether he is rapping or singing, what is clear is that he puts content and substance at the forefront. In a society where that is greatly lacking, it's what will separate him from the pack.  Of course the track "Look at Me Now" is the standout,  but “I, Promise”, “Ok Ok” and “Hold it Down” are solid songs that give you the impression that there’s more to be explored. When Triy Season drops, our appetites will either be sated or it will fall flat.

The tease of "The Care Package" does what it was intended to do.  We now have a foundation to sit on and we get insight on his mindset. We are seeing growth in motion and a desire to aim higher. "The Care Package" is a well rounded compilation that will appeal to a variety of listeners.  All I would say is for Triy to dig deeper and to not be afraid to let his emotions go when the music calls for it.  Besides that, "The Care Package" is a solid B in my book and that's because I rather hear him sing than hear him rap. But I have a biased opinion when it comes to rap, so to each their own.

Joyner Lucas 508-507-2209 Project Review

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Where do I begin with this project?! Coming off his 2015 project “Along Came Joyner“, this powerful resurgence in his latest LP 508-507-2209 shows us just where Joyner is mentally.  We see the continuation of depth and vulnerability in his lyrics, especially in the  song “Forever” where he opens up about his mind state while awaiting the birth of his son and how it changed everything within him.  Sadly, It's a sentiment some of us know too well (myself included) but in the end that child's life saves us as it has saved Joyner.  If you are looking for lyricism, delivery and solid production you need look no further than this album.  As a whole, this album is very impressive and it shows the passion hasn't left Joyner in the least.  The standout tracks seem to be “Winter Blues”, “FYM” featuring Mystikal, “Keep it 100”, “I Need More”, “Forever”, “Just Because” and “We Gon Be Alright”.

 

As a whole body of work, "508-507-2209" gets a solid A in my book. It shows Joyner’s range and growth as an artist and while he stays in his lane, he introduces us to his versatility and willingness to try new things. The only criticism I've been able to justify speaking on after a couple days of listening and digesting the project is maybe this album could've used a couple of tracks that the “mainstream” radio can play.  "We Gon Be Alright" is the only radio friendly joint that I feel will resonate with the casual listener because it falls in line with the sound that is trending nowadays.  Overall, 508-507-2209 is a project that will remain on your playlist for some time and have you looking forward to another Joyner Lucas project. Hopefully we won't have to wait another two years.

"508-507-2209" is available now on ITunes and all other major retail outlets, so make sure you support and listen to the project ASAP.

Ripples


Disgust is the only word that comes to mind

Actions that gave away all the signs

You and I

Two peas in a pod of the undefined

Foundations of rock that sunk with time

I love you

I hate you

Truth is I barely know you

The vase that's broken can be repaired

Inexperience of the optimist

Truth blinded by trust

Disdain too much to hold a grudge

You almost broke me

I almost died from it

Such emptiness that the void rejected me

The black hole ran from me even as I chased it

I choked it

It screamed

It thrashed

It died

The indifference in my eyes didn't reach my heart

What is life really about

Why do we crave inclusion

This road of being Human

Resentfulness is all that's gaurenteed

Mirrored emptiness reflected from tear drops of blood

I see now that it's all meant to crush

Blue Dream smoke as I levitate to cope

The smile is easy as it reaches beneath the soul

This is all I know...