Shane Eagle finally drops his debut album Yellow and even though you thought you could predict what his wavelength on the piece would be, you couldn't have possibly guessed the atmosphere on it. From the opening title track Shane Eagle is no holds barred with his extremely nonchalant delivery style. He raps so confidently with an intense sense of contentment as well. The mood is entirely reflective irrespective of the topic of conversation. From Yellow right through to Can You See he tells many a story of his stance in the game, and just how he truly feels about his career as well as his surroundings.
Once we get to the lead single of the album Need Me featuring my fave, KLY, he kinda switches up the tempo if only a little bit. He sings much more from here on as he begins to lighten up into a light party mood compared to the almost reclusive thoughts in the top quarter of the album. He may be sounding a bit more chirpy but the bars are not taking a day off as the Privacy (Interlude) is a validation on how young musicians like him are running the game right now. He's not wrong at all. I like how the interlude is a great prelude to On My Own which picks up from the thought provoking Privacy further solidifying his confidence in independence. All he's done and achieved so far is from his own (and his small team's) effort. A lot to be proud of if you ask me.
The "party" doesn't last too long as he swings into that vibe he's known for: that boom-bap influenced rap with a pinch of attitude and a whole lot of truth serum. I actually think Let It Flow is my favourite song on the album. The smack talk is so higher grade, I can't fathom how he manages to always pull this kind of precision off. But wait, just as you think Let It Flow is your vibe, a chilling Aliens x Convos With God swings in and immediately transports you to a secret garden full of mist and the sound of a stream flowing as you listen to the voices within you. Quite hypnotising. From that spiritual encounter he dips into emotional reflection where he never forgets to share his deepest concerns as well as the thoughts that often plague his mind on Mihi. Shane Eagle is such a refreshing rapper, especially right now where everything "new" is sounding like a loop of the last song you just heard. I'm blown away.
We're closing off the album with some good old funk/RnB inspired sounds on Winter which kinda wakes you up from the depth that he was spitting on Mihi. Despite how far or near Shane takes you emotionally, he always centers you with the raps somehow. No matter what feeling he invokes with each new song, one thing is constant - the bars. Whatever he decides to tackle on his songs, irrespective of the flows and delivery, he manages to keep ahold of you through the raps and thus never loses you throughout the album. Winter bleeds really well into Dngo which is a more celebratory reflection where he speaks on all the things he's grateful for despite life's challenges. Dngo is a song of hope, a reminder that anything is attainable if you truly believe and never give up on it. He cleverly ends the album with Empty Highways which sounds similar to Yellow and Intro in terms of the attitude and sonic atmosphere, but most especially with the distant vocals alerting you that he's now "fading away" from you, bringing a close to the album. BRAVO SHANE! Yellow is now our faourite colour!
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