New SOTBMusic: A Brief Open Letter Concerning SYRE: The Electric Album

Dear Jaden Smith:

I recently took a few listens to SYRE: The Electric Album.

All I've got to say is "don't change." This album is like if someone took the beautiful parts of 808s & Heartbreak and MBDTF and revamped them for the post-Xans era of hip-hop. The songs are, well, songs. There's more than two minutes of rapping about hoes, clothes, and drugs.

In fact, the album itself doesn't really prescribe to any one genre, even while calling itself "The Electric Album." The electric breakdown of "ICON" is a thing of beauty. Truthfully, if anyone doubted you before these last two albums, I've got to say that they've got to listen up and see the evolution and the growth. The Electric Album is, for me, the antithesis of the "original" SYRE as it removes a lot of the swagger and replaces it with a sense of hurt and pain. Plus, I'm a sucker for the "vibes campfire" aspect of it all. Additionally, "Icon?" is more of a rally cry to the youth than just a "hey, I'm dope as hell" song as the first one way, plus the way that it ends (a prelude to something more) is interesting and quite interesting.

To those who want to hear it, check it out below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.

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