I'm calling it right now: Wara From The NBHD is destined to blow at any moment. The young Atlanta emcee has spent the last few years amassing an underground following with his unique brand of nihilistic hip-hop, but it wasn't until last year's If Guns Could Speak PSA that he really turned heads.
At his best, Wara exhibits many of the same musical characteristics that have brought Vince Staples universal acclaim. Like Staples, Wara is able to maneuver through brooding content without sacrificing the attention of the listener, and he's infused rock influences into his music more successfully than anyone else in recent memory (looking at you, Weezy).
With the release of two new singles today (October 28), entitled "Move Me" and "Pick A Side" respectively, Wara makes clear there has been a method to his madness as it pertains to his musical experimentation.
Wara seems to have found his groove, spiking his music with the same punk influences that have been informing his lyrics for the better part of two years, but here he's ditched the atmospheric elements of If Guns Could Speak in favor of more bounce, and the end result is well worth the change in approach.
Both songs are heavily punk rock influenced. The majority of the music I released in 2016 has been me stepping outside of my comfort zone, so I felt the need to continue that and bring the fans into a different world - Wara From The NBHD, Mass Appeal
Here's hoping there's more where this came from.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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