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Smith releases album to conquer current events

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Sara Lizak, Reporter

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Jaden Smith newest project, Syre, was released this past November, and it is an album comprised of 17 heartfelt and powerful tracks. Although there are influences from Kanye West’s Life of Pablo and Frank Ocean’s Blonde, the album offers a unique combination of vocals, raps, and lyrics.

“It’s time for a new awakening and a new consciousness,” Smith said in an exclusive interview with Complex. “Anybody who thinks they know me, this album is something completely different from what they think.”

The album starts with four tracks, each titled a letter from the word “blue”. On these tracks, Smith’s sister Willow Smith is featured. The duo worked together to write and produce these first tracks, and they do not disappoint.

On the second track, “L”, Smith raps “Forefathers put the tax on our real fathers, I don’t feel represented.”

Smith uses his lyrics to address the oppression of people of color in American history, and talks about how as a minority, he doesn’t feel represented. While many artists are rapping, singing, and writing about this topic, Smith is only 19 years old, and it is empowering to see younger generations acknowledging the issue and using their platform.

In “U”, Smith raps “Didn’t pick a fight, the FBI just picked a fight with me”.

Smith again uses his platform to rap about police brutality and the corruption in the US government. Not only are the lyrics in this third track thought provoking, but also the flow and the beat produced is also catchy and empowering to listen to.

Perhaps my favorite song on Syre is “Fallen”. It is the 13th track on the album, and offers a slow beat accompanied by Smith’s rapping as well as vocals. The lyrics touch on a variety of topics from wanting to be with someone, wanting to run away with them, and the way society has conditioned us to be. The soft undertone of Smith’s vocals make Fallen an easy and relaxing listen, and the rap bit gives it a unique sound.

“The whole album is very personal,” Smith said. “This is like a love letter to the world.”

Smith has proved that this his project was truly heartfelt and honest, from the lyrics to the raw emotion felt through the stories he tells.

Smith’s music is composed of soft vocals, passionate rapping, and unique lyrics. His songs are incredibly diverse, and include many different genres of music and a variety of musical techniques. I give Syre by Jaden Smith 3 out of 5 stars based on quality and presentation, and I recommend this album to anyone who is looking for a new and unique sound.

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