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Solo: Promises Review

  Jointz   2019/08/24

 


Rapper/songwriter Solo has announced the release date for his upcoming album, September 20th. With the announcement came the name of the album, CPlenty Dreams. This adds to his previous albums Dreams A Plenty and Dreams B Plenty, making it a Dreams trilogy. In the lead up to the release, two singles have come out, the latest being Promises.

Promise features seasoned rapper Kwesta on a kwaito style beat. It's one aimed for ushering us into  Spring for sure. The producer isn't credited on Spotify but Solo has given credit to Buks for production on the song. The kwaito element is captured quite well but the beat comes off too busy when the scratching and fatman-scoop style yelling vocals come on.

It would be interesting to know if this is a single off the album or not. If it is, it might need to go back for mixing. The beat swallows the verses and make parts of them inaudible. This happens more with the first verse, which Kwesta is on. 

While the verses flow well to the beat, there's a disconnect between what's being said and the title of the song. Even the hook isn't about promises. Solo give a line or two in his verse and the bridge before the second chorus and that's it. It lacks synergy.

Solo comes back with a dope flow with the bridge  towards the end of his verse  but it's another casualty to the beat. A redo of mixing and mastering could do this song some justice. Given the title and the type of rappers these two are, this was a wasted opportunity at going off.