Shane Eli - Grey Area
By my estimation, Kanye West has said some of the dumbest and some of the wisest words ever spoken; falling squarely into the latter category is the statement, “Everything I’m not made me everything I am.” Knowing just how hard it can be to put what makes you you into words, Booth newcomer Shane Eli nonetheless gives it a go on Grey Area, the latest single off his forthcoming street album. Flowing over his own up-beat, piano-string instrumental, the L.A. emcee discusses his conflicted relationship with his race (“They say I talk white / wondering my whole life, how I talk like a color.”) and his anger at the father who abandoned him, ultimately expressing his determination to transcend all labels that have been placed upon him. Insightful, lyrically astute, and pretty damned catchy, this cut will undoubtedly earn its share of praise in the Booth. For more food for thought, grab a copy of The Push when it drops in June.