Favorite is a funny word. Life is too nuanced for favorites. But I will say this, I have enjoyed listening to, getting to “know” (if I can even say that), and watching the growth of Compton’s torch-bearing emcee/rapper, Boogie, more than any other artist over the past couple of years. He has a rich catalogue of mixtapes: Thirst 48, The Reach, and Thirst 48 Part 2. Over the course of the three mixtapes, there aren’t many topics that Boogie shies away from, laying bare his soul, the realities of life in America for a young black man, and as is exemplified in “Won’t Be The Same”, his (still) open wounds, oozing with love for Jamesha, the mother of his son, and the one who holds the key to his heart. If you’d like to read up on my coverage of this phenomenal young man, READ HERE.
Taking into account the prefacing first paragraph, “Won’t Be The Same”, featuring the smooth vocals of Ayo on the hook, is my favorite track off of Boogie’s latest release, Thirst 48 Pt 2. The song, produced by one of Boogie’s two most common producers (and friends), Keyel, is simple and powerful, just like the musical backdrop for Boogie’s heartfelt lyrics. Boogie, lyrically, has a way of making his music accessible to the superficial fan, as well as rich and deeply complex for the fan of lyricism and hip hop that’s closely connected to the culture and its roots. One of the standout lines in the song, embodying what I’m proposing is:
“I went from runnin’ through your mind, to feelin’ I need a wheelchair//might just write a eulogy, say my feelings got killed here//look up in my soul, to see if feelings is still there//might get you to argue, just to see if you still care…”
With how Boogie delivers lines like these, they “read” smoothly and can just be taken in as sad lyrics about Jamesha, but the amount of thought he has put into how to communicate that sadness is evident through his choice of words like “eulogy” and metaphors like the vibrance of running in love, and the limitedness of being relegated to a relational wheelchair.
The simple complexity found in the production and the lyrics is perfectly married to the visuals offered by the same women who killed the video for “N**** Needs”, Gina Gammell and Riley Keough (and more? Please comment if you know who else is in on it!). Listen. Watch. Enjoy. Share.
Peace, Love & Hip Hop,
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