Different is Good: Why ‘Promise I’m Not Crazy’ by Byron Juane is Needed
After listening to Promise I’m Not Crazy EP by Byron Juane several times in a couple of different settings, I think the EP deserves more attention. Of course, this release was highly overshadowed by KB’s His Glory Alone. However, on a different weekend, Byron’s project would be highlighted by a bigger crowd.
Let’s Break it Down
While not every track has high replay value to me, “Nice Guy” was very strong, however, and an adequate choice for the lead single. Also, after listening through a few times, both “LSD” and “Crazy” grew on me. Listening to Promise I’m Not Crazy I was reminded of Usher (particularly from around 2010) as well as Justin Bieber. I am not the target audience of this sound but I must look at it from a more objective view because of that.
Track for track, it’s a well-composed EP, and I believe it went through a long refining process. I would laugh if someone from RMG were to tell me the songs released were the only ones recorded in preparation for EP. You can tell if you listen closely. This took a lot of effort from Byron as an artist. In addition, he paints the theme of the project with ease through each song. Love is chaos. It has its ups and downs.
We Need More Different
Here’s the big deal about this project. Promise I’m Not Crazy sets Byron Juane apart from other artists within CHH. With this shift in focus or target audience, he makes himself a standout with a new sound and style. Artists that master genre-bending, such as Deraj and Mogli the Iceburg, are underrepresented within the CHH community. Byron Juane emerging as another one helps CHH expand and push the culture forward.
Within the genre right now, there aren’t many unique sounding artists other than those previously mentioned. Sure, there’s a few that go for a hard gritty sound. Some artists create more melodic and vibey songs, and then there are others who are just looking for some bounce. Even still, there aren’t many very distinct sounds within CHH, not compared to mainstream rap.
The reason rap music as a whole has such a large audience with diverse listeners is because there’s a bit of something for everyone. Take Post Malone and Drake as examples. In my personal opinion, I wouldn’t consider them rap artists half of the time just from the music they release. However, they have enough elements of rap to be considered as such and are then able to stretch the genre. CHH needs more of that. Byron still needs to find how he works best in this style. For the longest time, I wasn’t particular to Mogli’s music. I liked Tumultu, but I wasn’t star struck. Sad People Make Dope Music 2 is when he found what his perfect balance of rap and rock was. The same will happen with Byron.