Rising hip-hop MC Dezmond Dane is a phenomenal lyricist, and has recently come out with the superb The Album in Blue. With a fat range of vocabulary, Dezmond Dane tells vivid stories over a theme of melodious groove. You’ll want to slither side to side along with this album, and suddenly find yourself halt to listen closely to his clever and quick rhymes.

The Album in Blue pushes listeners into the hollow and dancin’ vibes of Dezmond Dane with the first track, “Brush Stroke.” The MC holds nothing back, speaking of readiness, preparation, self-blame, then slows down to deliver “and I’ve been thinkin’ a lot,” before the chorus comes in, painting the mood, turned blue. Hints of piano come through the entirety of The Album in Blue, but my favorite is the harp-ish sounds at the beginning of “If Only,” the album’s second track.

I’m an active listener, and especially with rap, I often find myself pausing mid-sway to fully process the story being told in each track. This album took me for a ride; Amongst poetic bars of ghost or poltergeist comparisons there’s smooth musical satisfaction, and “Monaco to Paris” sounds like “I wanna go to Paris.” Ah, the city of love, and Dezmond Dane brings that romantic longing through the ups and downs throughout the third track, as well as the rest of the album.

Within The Album in Blue, each track has a moment of slowness, winding down to focus in on a certain phrase or lyrics. The album’s fourth track, “Placebo” seems to be that turning point within the album. A shorter track—just 2 minutes and 12 seconds— “Placebo” brings a focus in on the blueness with Dezmond Dane singing, “I never tell you the truth because you tell me I’m wrong.”

The next track feels the bluest to me. In “Holy Water,” each line is drowned out a little longer than the album’s previous songs. Featuring Gurl’s calm cooing followed by her two-minute vocals, she sets up “Holy Water” for a softer, bluer mood. Dezmond Dane speaks of drinking demons out with ‘holy water,’ then later conversing with the same demons. Pretty dark, pretty genius.

The album’s second guest, Mayzin, comes in on “Slow,” the second-to-last song on The Album in Blue. At this point the album has been quick, clever, melancholy lines one after another. And The Album in Blue ends with “Stay Up,” a smooth jazz-ish sound accompanied by a piano rift, before shutting down and beginning a melodic groove. MC Dezmond Dane ends the Blue with solid, rhythmic bars, “and that’s life,” he raps, and a drizzle of rain floods the audio.

A master of finding sounds that act as synonyms with the feeling of blue—static, rain, and a slow harp—it’s safe to say this MC is a master of sly word play. Dezmond Dane is bound to captivate you with his triumph of The Album in Blue.

Written by Stephanie Regan

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