Quarantine has given way to an influx of music and creativity from artists everywhere. Today on SpeedontheBeat.com, I’m going to discuss NighLawn‘s Free Lawn EP. Why am I just reviewing it, versus dropping my SOTB thoughts in May when it dropped? Honestly, May was a tough month for me artistically and creatively. There was a reason why I wrote maybe ten pieces total during the month and why I finished most of Songs For… 2 in April. But this ain’t about me.
NighLawn champions herself as someone who “doesn’t rap [but instead] makes music.” Her sound is Wiz Khalifa meets a smoother Dej Loaf. That is, it’s spaced-out, smoker-friendly and sensual, but less “I really hate niggas/I’m a Nazi.” For those uninitiated with her music, that’s probably the easiest way to describe it without giving everything away. It’s not really like anything you’d typically hear out of the DMV. This is one of the reasons why I’ve always championed her music on the site and have let it be known that she’s one to watch. Each of Free‘s quartet of tracks feature the Virginia artist slinking along spacey instrumentals, not exactly rapping, but not exactly singing either.
The NighLawn sound is something to behold, as it’s one of those things that sticks with you even when she’s just talking about the dude who wants to bone her. There’s a sense of freedom in her music these days that just wasn’t there when she was younger, giving the project’s title a triple entendre. She’s let go of whatever originally held her back, something that she alluded to during our interview leading up to Aries last year. NighLawn of 2019/2020 is a completely different artist than her from, say, 2015 or during her Purple Elixir days. A new artist arose from the ashes and, like a phoenix, Lawn’s heights will only be stopped by her.
I, for one, don’t see that happening. Ever. Check out Free Lawn for some bangers, be on the look out for the visuals to her “No No” song coming soon, and remember to support dope music in all its forms.