Ed. Note/Full Disclosure: I appear on a few tracks on this album.
The finale of the Rhoda’s Son series is now live. From a listener standpoint, this one is the strongest of the three projects.
Over fifteen tracks, True God continues to come to grips with the loss of his mother while still giving listeners a look into where he stands as a man and an artist. The thing is this: losing a parent is one of those things that you’ll never be “over.” Regardless of how strong you are, it’s something that’ll still come up on your mind from time to time. For me, it’s been six years since Mama Young passed and I still find myself struggling around the anniversary of her death. I believe that True accepts the finality of death, but still constantly has to find a way to keep pushing on after losing his first best friend. He does so through the only ways he knows how: recording music and putting love into his friends and family–especially and specifically his daughter.
Rhoda’s Son III ponders the question of what do we do when our escapes become more of a prison. Between growing increasingly tired of the music to seeing that some people aren’t who they once seemed, True is slightly sardonic over the bulk of the songs. For example, the hit and quit anthem “Passin’ Thru” finds True unable to commit to someone, instead just opting to lay them. Additionally, he’s more cynical because the world seems unfair at the way things are going right now. Truthfully, that–like all parts of grieving–is a natural reaction. He rattles off former flames and details the faults in each relationship, on his side and on theirs. Even with these negative interactions and situations, there’s still some optimism and reflection to be had throughout the project. That optimism usually comes in the form of his daughter and the legacy he intends to leave with her and through her.
Overall, Rhoda’s Son III is a great listen. It’s one of those projects that will stick with you once it’s done–especially because of some of the life lessons True imparts through his journey. He doesn’t hit you over the head with what he learned about himself during dealing with his mother’s death. However, he definitely lets us know that he’s changed since last year–mainly for the better, even in the face of huge losses. Losing a parent changes you, but True’s journey is one that’s as inspiring as it is great material for music. Check out the project above and remember to support dope music in all its forms.