There’s a pretty stunning sense of development throughout 16Barzz Feat YNT
’s latest release “Baby Boy”. This feeling of moving and progressing is strong, but structurally, in terms of the song writing – the crafting of the composition itself – this is quite unlike any of his previous releases.
What adds to how impressive this is, is the artist’s awareness and utilization of structure – something that is unfortunately not always appreciated in modern hip hop music. This particular sub-genre belongs to a reflective and thoughtful group of lyricists, but even so, many artists simply build or take a beat and then work their flow over the top of it. In this case, the music has been rightfully considered as an inherent part of the artistry, and you can hear this in the pauses, the changes, the way the music and the tone of his voice work in unison to portray the various evolving moments. It’s captivating to listen to, and adding the effect is the artist’s creative and ever changing flow; again always feeding into that tripped up beat and the ups and downs within the instrumentation. When things are calm, the flow is calm, and vice versa.
The intensity of the music is as striking as ever. 16Barzz takes the most alternative synths and sounds available and seems to express certain emotional depths by means of specific production techniques, even so much so as which type of distortion to use and when exactly to use it. Throughout the three minutes and twenty nine seconds that “Baby Boy” is playing, there are distorted walls of sound followed by gentle and dreamlike puddles of minimalism, all of which adds to the emotional realness and the journey, and all of which showcases the true scope of his ability as a an artist and a producer.
The song’s hook is important as it offers a peacefully melodic moment that again provides contrast and further appeal within the track. It’s a strong hook, not overly flashy or loud but simple and effective, meeting the mood and the concept of the song in a blissful way. The artist’s voice is the final factor to make this something special. There’s a definite sense of identity there, a certain tone and performance style that comes through as fresh and exciting. It’s also a pleasure to listen to a voice with just a few simple effects added to enhance the distance and thoughtfulness of the song, rather than to fit in with some industry standard or expectation. The track is free from influence, beautifully written, and flawlessly performed. Definitely an artist to look out for.