I got introduced to Sir Glenn Lamar by the artist himself. The best way he described himself is “a mix between OutKast, Kendrick and Lauryn Hill.” After such lofty expectations, I had no choice but to check “Liberation” out to see if he matched at least some of this potential. I mean, those are three of my favorite artists. If SGL hit even, like 25% of the potential of awesomeness, he’d have a hit in my book.
Luckily, he hits more than 25% of that potential–and does so in bunches.
The song in question is a bit of a mix between OutKast’s “we’re going to make it somehow” vibes from their earlier projects, a bit of Curren$y/KRIT on the beat and the flow and the lyricism of a Lauryn Hill. He details his life and his choices, opting to show both sides of the story (the what ifs and the what actually happened’s). I love this one because it’s so damn raw and honest, dealing with issues such as substance misuse and avoidance of his own truths.
This one is slated to be on SGL’s upcoming album. If it’s anything like “Liberation,” you’re going to get a lot of honest hip-hop over soulful production. In other words, you’ll get something that I’ll have no choice but to write about on SOTB–which is always a good thing. Check out the track below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.