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Itzme Review: SHIRT – RAP (Album)

Not too many people have the nuts and the wits to pull off what Shirt pulled lately. In case you’ve been living in a cave, the dude made up a New York Times article (featuring himself) that fooled tons of people and garnered attention, and even praise for his slyness. I’m not about to regurgitate another news article for you, but Shirt just dropped a new album that he obviously wanted attention for, the question to ask is, “was all that effort made to bring attention to trash or treasure?” The answer is, “It leans toward the treasure side.”

RAP is hit with the “album” title, but it comes across as more of a mixtape. Not too sure, if it has any original beats at all, but one doesn’t really get that feeling listening to it. T.Shirt just has an amazing presence on all of his songs. He’s the star. This is about him, and his life, no features, just really emphasizing the man at every detail. Even in his “Tuscan Leather” rap-over, he’ll make a listener forget it was originally drake’s song about halfway through. This track presence is a really unique skill Shirt has as a rapper, which makes him stand out.

The other thing that makes him stand out is just the strong imprudence of a lot of his lyrics. His song “N** On coke” exemplifies that with lines like:

“I f*** love your friends.

I wanna f*** you friends,

I’ve been thinking was to tell you ‘I wanna f** your friend’

Basically I just wanna f*** two, three of your girlfriends”

(Talking to his spouse) Oh you bastard, you.

Lines like the ones he has in that song among others (particularly the ones on his project The F* [NSFW]) are audacious even for a rapper. despite the appall, he’s also really inspiring and introspective in his rhymes. In “Life and Art” the rapper vents about how he was losing touch with the actual love of the music, art, and culture of rap to “the life” or being obsessed with the riches, business, and success portion of it all. Powerful stuff.

None of that wall of text above really even matters if the songs don’t sound good though.

They do.

“New B***” could easily be the best rap track of the year. The instrumental is irresistibly groovy from the beginning to the beat switch at the end. Shirt flows so catchily, and the whole record just gives off the feel of a cologne commercial. Any person who listens to this will just feel like that dude. Just walk in the club to this joint, and you’ll be more popular than the dos equis guy. “Stolen Norman Rockwells” is guaranteed to have you doing the Terio dance.

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The song has a flawless pace with the rhythm of his verses and the transitions between them and the chorus. everything is in equilibrium.

RAP feels like another one of Shirt’s one-two punches. He’s definitely building his buzz up with this. Most would be satisfied with an overseas number 1 hit record, not Shirt. He’s saving the haymaker for once he gets on top (no pun intended). As far as hold-overs go, this is very impressive. definitely cold.

Favorites: “New B***” “Understated”

Songs That Blew Me: < I can’t believe I typed that for this project, bruh.

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