Updated: May 2
It's been a long time since I have done a written review for a song or project that wasn't for paid advertising or public relations purposes. This is my first single review for the magazine and it won't be the last.
Today, Morray released the visual for "Can't Use Me", which is featured on the album Street Sermons. The cover art stands out to reflect a young black man in the general all-American hood uniform (a classic white, distressed denim, and Nike Air Force's) and sitting down reading a bible. All to reflect the content you are about to listen to. When I first saw the cover I thought, "this guy 'bout to give us some Bible hymns" then I immediately thought of how bold this approach was. It's not because he's showing his religious beliefs and depicting his darkest thoughts through song that makes it bold. Nah, it's bold because he is a North Carolina artist NOT doing what everybody else is doing and being successful at it. How dare he be successful at being himself?!
Everybody expects North Carolina artists to sound the same, dress the same, and follow an imaginary guideline to success. The Carolina's (North and South) are a breeding ground for musical talent and every other year there's that one wildflower that remembered Carolina ain't enough and found the right OUTlets OUTside of the area to PLUG in to.
Let's focus on the chorus:
"It’s crazy how the money makes the lies feel like the truth
And everybody phony you just do not have the proof
I jot it on my pad and record it in the booth
I don’t need a shrink Just press record and let me loose
I’m tryna separate all these emotions that I’m guarded with
I’m getting mixed emotions from the people that I started with
Feeling like it’s fake love, only for the sponsorships
Scratch 'em off the dean's list, cancel all the scholarships"
What makes these lyrics feel more powerful than the next artist that harmonizes about growing mixed emotions and fighting their inner demons? It's the energy behind the words for me. It's in the tone of his voice, the choice of his words, and in the delivery over the beat.
Morray's project Street Sermons includes 13 tracks, all executive producer by Moe Shalizi, and includes no other features. Take a listen below, leave a comment and let us know what you think.
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Peace & Love.