The Awakening ft Jahari Kweli
Speaking on the transition from negative to positive, Damar The Emcee sets an inspiring mood in ‘The Awakening’. Damar’s delivery is conversational as if he is almost pleading with the listener to understand. Black Americans have been facing strife in the US for years and Damar wants to see a country where we can live freely. The metaphorical imagery and deep vocabulary make this sound like hip hop and poetry in a beautiful mashup.
Viiibrate ft Unq'ntr & Daquail
Floating over a masterful instrumental laden with pianos and snares, Damar brings the energy on ‘Viiibrate’. His rapid fire flow and intense delivery contrast well with the background singing and wavy beat. Confident and triumphant, Damar speaks on the qualities that separate him from the rest. You may be expecting his downfall, but based on his goals and focus, it won’t be anytime soon.
Fusing elements of hip hop and jazz, ‘Cover Letter’ provides a soulful, yet powerful canvas for Damar to express himself. Damar The Emcee’s lyrical structure is unique, causing for each line to leave the listener guessing what’s next. Reiteration is another strong part of Damar’s songwriting. The repeated phrases are catchy and point to the songs deeper meanings.
Damar The Emcee is here to create a better life for himself and show his fans the righteous way to approach life. ‘Manifest’ describes the motivations Damar has to keep creating art, including his family and an undying passion. Damar uses each track on this project to show other rappers and listeners alike what sets him a part. His wise words and metaphorical descriptions prove Damar has a bigger view on the rap game and a responsibility to make it thrive.
Damar displays his ear for beats and creative song structure on ‘Geez Luieez’. The instrumental is led by a string sample with percussion underneath creating a haunting but smooth sound. Damar varies between a slow and fast flow and even incorporates vocal sound effects and track doubles. All of this matched with Damar’s expanded vocabulary cause for one of a kind lyrical display.
Bintage Road ft Danni Simone & Daquail
Over a 90s R&B sounding sample, Damar The Emcee speaks to his female listeners on ‘Bintage Road’. Utilizing his versatile flow, Damar floats over the beat, stopping and starting with ease. Witty as usual, Damar shares some of his perspectives on relationships and how to approach them. Features by Danni Simone and Daquail bring melodic vocals to the record, adding to the wavy appeal.
Taking a slight detour from the soulful sound, the ‘ADHD Interlude’ brings a more hip hop approach. Rhythmic percussion sounds and a low synth backed by singing vocals describe the beat. Damar takes the listener on another lyrical journey, painting pictures of the past, present, and future. This interlude is a perfect slice of everything Damar brings to the table.
Perseverance is one strong quality of Damar The Emcee and ‘Bad Mofo’ speaks to his undying passion. The instrumental is peaceful as wind instruments and soft snares set the tone. Damar displays his metaphorical creativity, describing conversations with God and even using solid sports references. It’s clear on this record that Damar won’t be stopped as he only gets better as he learns to navigate this complex existence.
Black Bowtie ft Dannie Simone
Damar the Emcee is enlightened in a time where many are left in the dark. ‘Black Bowtie’ speaks to Damar’s perspective and responsibility as a rapper who knows the truth and must pass those lessons on to the masses. The instrumental brings a serious tone with background singing adding to the soulful nature of the record. Naming himself the Wingman, Demar describes how others look to him as a way out of despair and onward to success.
Buoyancy ft Arie Elle
Navigating the twists and turns of life can be challenging as Damar describes the countless pitfalls in ‘Buoyancy’. Either your caught in a tough situation or you’re doing everything you can to avoid them instead. Damar chooses a background that he is comfortable with as jazz infused hip hop and background singing set the tone. The excerpt at the end of the record brings some insight as an elder describes the balance it takes to make a relationship work.
An interlude type record, ‘Rooftop’ allows Damar to deliver solid lyricism over a boom bap beat. Damar effortlessly floats over the instrumental, constructing punchlines that display his skill level and perspective. The instrumental is solid, employing background vocals and a head nodding percussion loop. Damar also does a great job of setting himself a part without claiming he is a better person than anyone else walking.