Tico’s Two Cents: Skyfall

I’ve been missing in action lately. Fortunately, the sound system in my car keeps me company and plenty satisfied! Zara Bash’s Skyfall fell into my lap courtesy of the VAGotNow guys and now my commutes to and from work are wavy.

Some internet digging doesn’t yield much- 757’s own Zara Bash lets his music stand alone. The young artist has some singles you can find on Apple Music but you’ll really want to jump right into his debut full-length album, Skyfall (released Jan. 2018). The 13 songs on the album equate to an easily-digestible 48 minutes. Bash utilizes his debut album to introduce himself: life story, flaws and all.

 

Skyfall Cover

Production

In grade school, you’d bullshit your teacher with lots of words on a term paper. We’ve all sought out that far-away word count, to steer away from the fact that we didn’t understand the assignment, or simply didn’t care to put forward effort.

I don’t want to do the readers like that: Skyfall’s production is amazing. You can play this via several avenues and capture all of the fun sounds (claps, deep bass, femme vocals, bells, synths, etc). You should play the song out of monitors, efficient headphones or perhaps your car and really soak up all of the hard work the engineer put into the overall mix.

No matter how I chose to listen to the album, I was thoroughly satisfied. 10/10, play the track Medicine on a late night and get lost in that beat-switch-up. I don’t have much more to add except that I did catch the Fox News sample in Save Me that makes an appearance in Kendrick’s DNA. I’ll professionally assume that the choice was a nod to the message intended by Kendrick, however I do prefer to see production ‘push the buck’, so to speak. Choosing another sample of a white guy bashing hip hop and tweaking it even funkier than K.Dot could be something for next time.

Content

Zara Bash has an open diary on Apple Music and it is named Skyfall. His debut is truly a tell-all… no wonder I couldn’t find any bios or words on his life outside music. His story is in his music and I ate it all up. His relationships with women (or lack there of), his relationship within his local hip hop community, the community at-large, relationships with his parents and more: it’s all there. He wastes little words on the classic rap tropes like bragging rights. If anything these familiar themes are contained on Blood. The single has the big production with the ‘bad bitch’ references and 757 shout outs.

The remaining 44 minutes of Skyfall are refreshingly introspective and juicy. This rapper spills his own tea, owns up to it and makes projections about his future. This guy Bash had character development on an album, no complaints as a listener.

Flow

Zara Bash raps pretty quickly. Don’t hate me but… he raps like south Florida fast (you know which artist I mean). His vocals are handled expertly, from a production POV, and we do get bouts of the rapper singing. His singing does sound experimental and is definitely filtered but overall he sounds sure in his delivery. As listeners, we get diversity in flows as well. On Graves, Zara Bash opts for a slower and louder delivery in his verses. Very drill-like, he shouts his words until he switches in the same song. The rhyme scheme when he switches up demonstrates some lyrical dexterity that he flexes heavy in 1701/Lately (personal favorite so far). All in all, he can rap. Even if you didn’t like what he was saying and how it sounded, I’m willing to wager if you heard 1701/Lately spit a capella in the next room- you’d get up and go see what was happening.

Overall

Solid rapping on solid production with an interesting story. I mean c’mon guys HE NAME DROPPED. Who knows, maybe that is not the girl’s real name (The Real) but he apologized to some woman on an album that he shared with the world (bold!). Thoroughly entertaining music is the now and the future. Skyfall is an excellent start to the year and I quite enjoyed Zara Bash’s debut in the community.

Zara Bash, via Twitter and Instagram

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