A few years ago, Silentó dropped “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” You couldn’t go anywhere at all without hearing that song. Everyone did the challenge. Heck, I even tried to get Jojo to get in on it, but he was like “eh, lemme watch Teen Titans GO! and not be a social media star.” But, I’ll be honest. I thought he’d be a one-hit wonder because of the viral nature of “Watch Me.” Fast forward three years (man, time flies) and he’s back with a new project, one that I’m honored to talk about. Why? Well, it shows that the young man is more, musically, than just calling out dances.
Fresh Outta High School is nothing like “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” even though there’s a “Part 2” to “Watch Me” featured on the album with more lyrics than the original call-and-response track. We’re given Swae Lee-meets-Jeremih vibes throughout the project, as there’s youthfulness abound in the project. However, it’s one that’s experienced some things, like love, lust, and relationship stress. It’s not exactly a one-tone project, either, as the production ranges from dancehall-influenced to pop-rap to pseudo-trap and he floats over each track in a way that’s wise beyond his years.
Sure, there’s still room to grow. Some of his content heavily reminds you that he’s still a twenty-year-old dealing with the repercussions and monetary gain that comes with blowing up on your first track, while still learning about love, lust, and all that comes with that. However, he’s trying his hardest to prove that he’s more than just the “Watch Me” kid. I respect that. And for that, I’ve got to recommend it–even if you just wonder what a Silentó album would sound in 2018. Check it out and remember to support dope music in all its forms.