Bar Exam: R-Swift – You’re Welcome 2 EP (One Listen Review)
The O.G. and former Cross Movement Records signee, R-Swift is back this week with his newest offering You’re Welcome 2. Gifted with a unique voice and strong lyrical prowess, Swift is an artist that can convict the hearts of many.
While R-Swift is indeed an artist who has been around the block and back, the landscape of this hip-hop environment has changed drastically since CMR was a thing. Sometimes it’s difficult to navigate new terrain. I’m ready to hear what we’ve got here.
The bar exam is a sharing of notes from my true first listen to a project. I typically provide in-depth thoughts and commentary on anything from flows, rhymes, beats, creative direction, track placement, and concepts.
Gldn Era – Big beat right away. A tribal sample that floats on top. Swift means business here. It stays pretty chill underneath his first verse and pulls back even more for the hook. “As we proceed to give you what you need/All gold everything/It’s gold on everything.” Swift is bringing his best, and it’s very nice.
Open Season ft. Th3 Saga – It’s trap beat but he’s not changing anything he’s doing. Sometimes rappers will switch their steez up to fit in with the climate they’re in. R-Swift really stays true to himself here, he even alludes to that in this rhyme. Th3 Saga comes in at a high level as well. “Through all that Major Pain I found a way in (wayan) dog.” While the beat is pretty typical and doesn’t switch or shift much, the performances are what carry this song. The outro on this one is a bit shaggy, but all in all this project is flying above the bar after two songs.
King Me ft. KMO – Awesome to hear KMO on something. I’ve been following this guy for a couple of years. A spooky beat that has some brass punctuation to it sounds absolutely terrific. KMO’s hook fits perfectly here. This second verse from Swift is bonkers. He brings punchlines, he can slow it down, and he can come at it rapid fire. Man, I wanted to try and quote this verse, but I hate misquoting so I’ll leave it up to you to listen to it.
Martin & Gina – I’m here for all the Martin references. When the first three tracks were very much in-your-face, this one is laid back and is like that soul jam you need every once in a while. This one is all about appreciating that woman in your life. It’s a nice shift in the vibe here.
Note To Self ft. Jenna Wright – The hook here is melodic and the handoff from the last track is pretty seamless. It’s a step up in intensity but some of the instrumentation elements are similar. It’s got a bit of that Halsey/G Eazy vibe to it. “Every L is a lesson not a loss/as long as I never sacrifice myself for a façade.”
In conclusion, as far as how these songs are stacked these last two definitely fit together but I’m not sure I needed all the bangers at the front. The emotional investment I had straight away took a bit of a nosedive, but that was my only critique of this. It’s a quick listen, but it’s magnificent. I would go to say that any of these songs are better than anything I heard on You’re Welcome 1, and I really dug that project! This project was a treat to listen to, all I can say is thanks.
Overall Rating – Above The Bar