Reason’s ficial debut as a member TDE, There You Have It, is a soulful and tight-knit introduction the Del Amo rapper to a worldwide viewers. Perhaps greatest recognized for his highly effective verse on the Kendrick Lamar curated Black Panther soundtrack, Reason has quietly been working very arduous, most not too long ago in help Jay Rock on the 30-city Big Redemption Tour.
Although that is his first full launch with TDE, older followers will doubtless acknowledge that this isn’t a brand new venture; it is truly a remixed and remastered model his 2017 mixtape the identical identify. In addition to some tweaked sonics and up to date cowl artwork, the brand new launch is three tracks shorter than the unique. In a latest interview with Ambrosia For Heads Reason mentioned that the re-release was a strategic transfer by label head Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. “The plan was to place out a brand new venture below TDE,” he explains. “But as a substitute, Top felt like he needed to point out the world why they signed me…Top needed to maintain it very, very uncooked.”
This explains the shortage appearances by different artists on the label, however given his palpable work ethic, it’s solely a matter time earlier than we hear him collaborating with the remainder the TDE roster. On this outing, Reason is as a substitute supported by visitor appearances from Xian Bell, Space 600 and D Beezy and manufacturing from myriad beat makers, the bulk whom Reason found by way of Youtube. Somehow, regardless of the variability beat kinds and rhythmic approaches, the album maintains an unbelievable quantity cohesiveness. The manufacturing is full soul samples, making a darkish and moody ambiance for Reason to rhyme on. Content teeters between hopelessness and breakneck dedication; the world that Reason paints is bleak and full justifiable paranoia. “Gotta go more durable nigga I do not want new Lamborghinis or wheel stuntin’,” he raps. “All I spit is actual, the followers gon’ really feel from it/ I’ll make it, you’ll know me, you’ll adore it/ So a lot, will in these raps you assume Uncle Phil adore it.”
The first portion the album is steeped in anger and aggression. From the opening lyrics the title observe “There You Have It,” Reason examines his circumstances, whereupon he’s turning into hole and singularly targeted on reaching success in his work. “It’s arduous to deal with the tragedy God has given me/ I combine revenge with apple juice and Hennessy,” he raps. “Combine that with a misplaced buddy and reminiscences/ And there you could have it created a lethal savage.” The starvation in his voice is clear to the purpose being caustic, as if he had been pleading with the listener to listen to his story.
The manner by which the second half the album shifts into its smoother second gear nearly seems like Reason went by way of a brand new stage development throughout the recording phases; it someway feels as if the tales are extra vivid and the rapping is extra dynamic. The ache and want stay simply as evident however as a substitute, they’re relayed by way of lyrical vignettes, just like the nightclub scene described in “Taste,” or “Colored Dreams/ The Killers Pt. 2” which is formatted as a prisoner’s suicide observe to his mom. Even the seemingly celebratory “Summer Up” incorporates references to the concern time operating out and associates misplaced too quickly.
Although there are some exceptions, the bulk the lyrics depict not directly the stark realities and tragedies the Black American expertise and the methods by which trauma adjustments folks and communities. On “The State We In,” Reason raps, “Tryin’ to remain sturdy, my largest concern is my future son bein’ Trayvon/ Or me Eric Garner, they homicide me, then blame him for not havin’ a father/ And now his mom caught, he go to highschool whereas she wrestle to maintain the fundin’ up/ He miss his dad, no marvel his grades fuckin’ up.” The concern demise is a powerful motivator for Reason as it might probably come at any time from any angle. The police, outdated associates, strangers, even his personal fingers, is likely to be the devices his destruction and Reason spends a lot the work considering the methods by which demise impacts these it touches.
This album is completely gratifying, and past some occasional rigidity in his voice, Reason sounds at house within the sales space. More ten than not he raps with the urgency a person making an attempt to maintain his head above water and given the content material the music he creates it is smart. Not solely is his music about surviving the wrestle, but it surely’s concurrently simple on the ear, which isn’t all the time a simple feat to perform. All that being mentioned, it’s fascinating to notice that though it has been pruned down and spruced up, this tape is a yr outdated and isn’t essentially even reflective the music he’s making presently. With the brand new sources at his disposal and Top Dawg’s steerage, Reason is certain to be crafting a slew new music and I’m wanting ahead to listening to what his correct first album below the TDE banner will sound like.