38 x Alz (YMN) trying to make a little 'Change'
38 x Alz touches on stacking 'Change' and progression - cold realities and trying for positive transitions.
YMN crew hit out with another banger. Musical brothers 38 and Alz continue their run of singles with this latest release. This is the first time hearing these artist’s and I’ve already had this track on repeat for the last hour.
The record is hard. The bars are real. The singing is skilled and unique.
Chatting on life in the ends and their realities, both Alz and 38 deliver good content. Both hold a skill with words and rhyme. After the first chorus, Alz comes with his frank bars - rapping; straight and solid. Over the delicate piano and genuinely beautiful instrumental, his strong presence and direct delivery bring us back to Earth; to these streets portrayed in the visuals. 38 puts a melodic spin on the record; completely destroying the hook and crushing his verse. Similar to Future, Young Thug, dancehall music; 38 conjoins a sinister mixture of rich and almost delicate melodies and delivery, with raw, blunt, cold, honest, sometimes violent lyrics. This huge contrast of sounds and lyrics has always intrigued me, similar to Kwengface ‘Lightwork’, and frequent dancehall riddims (e.g. Chronic Law ‘Gone Lef Dem’)
“The only real [brother] that could murder me / Is me and myself, it’s a burglary”
What’s notable is 38’s young and untouched talents - his singing style is infectious, addictive to listen to, unique, appealing, harmonically sweet yet bluntly cold; almost bitter and painful at times. These guys are some to watch out for.
Although they seem to carry the look of men in their eyes, these guys are young - their appearances are of teenagers; and their voices (especially 38’s) juvenile. This is compelling due to the grown, real, and cold lyrics they are producing; but also the pure talent they they have. And not just them, every single person in this music video seems to be below 20 yet their demeanor’s speak differently. The environments these guys are in at that age is often surprising to someone not in it; though in contrast, these raw moments of talent and hunger often come from those places. The point to this thought trails off; food or not, it’s something to think on.