It is every generations responsibility to discover its purpose and fulfill it, we take a trip down a journey of self discovery with Shane Eagle as he learns the challenges life comes with and what it means to grow up. He dismisses the entire idea of being grown all while trying to define and find his own meaning to life, this sentiment is further expressed in the EP's artwork which displays a sad and tearful young version of Shane faced with the inevitable reality of having to grow up to a world filled with depression, financial troubles, and other systems that have been put in place for people to live by.
Released in the period of turn-up and festive music, Shane took a different approach and toned it down on this 7-track jazz rap offering where the rhythm is rooted in hip hop and placed over repetitive phrases of jazz instrumentation, he bares his soul. Kicking it off with an ode to love and life with Homework As$ignment, what I see as a brief summary of the entire EP, he gives his definition of happiness, love and life versus that of the world, as he raps "love is natural, they orchestrate the hate." Following up from this is Ap3x, where he talks about the fruits of being at the top, where he has to deal with people wanting to "sound" like him yet they have not worked as hard as he did and aren't aware of the reasons why he does what he does. While at this apex, he is stunned at how fast he's growing up and how his life changed in an instant, he stresses how his mother always warned it would be like this on Chocolate Milk. A mellow ode takes us through his family structure as he dedicates Ronnie Hughes to his father and shares how he and his mother met as well as the lessons he has passed down to his young son.
Other songs featured on Never Grow Up include: Fears&Demons, Ride Dolo- What You Wanna Be [cause what's a hip hop offering without a love song, here he promises his girl that the thought of them shining together is what keeps him going], and lastly, Purple Rain, the outro to the EP, where he questions his purpose and where he will end up at the end of his life, these are the thoughts that come to him when he gets high on the "purple", his temporary amplifier whenever he does not feel okay or when he's feeling alone. The prescription to Never Grow Up is twice a day or as needed for pain, an easy to listen to 17 minute offering dedicated to life. "To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering," Shane Eagle finds his meaning on the EP below: