Over a boombap instrumental, Dutch rapper Jermaine Campbell walks the fine line between braggy bars and self-reflection. It works out damn well, in my opinion. That’s because, for every brag in his raps, he has a counterpoint about his life and his growing and emotional maturity (or somewhat lack thereof). This song is slated to be the first single released from his upcoming Don’t Trip EP.
The structure of that album seems to deal with substance abuse and “turning potential into progress.” From the outro on “Adios,” we hear that–mainly because of the way it ends. “Enough weed will kill your problems,” Campbell chants on the outro. This is a bit in contrast with the rest of the song. However,, it fits because the project’s essentially a look at a work-in-progress. Plus, who hasn’t tried to escape their problems for a bit with the aid of weed or alcohol (or, if you’re into that life, something harder)?
The openness of this project is what grabbed me, though.
I had the chance to check out the unreleased version of Don’t Trip. I think the best way to describe it would be if Kendrick’s GKMC was focused more on “Swimming Pools” in some ways. That is, both that song and this EP tell about the perils of overindulging in substances and the repercussions of doing so. I’m looking forward to the project dropping officially. So for now, check out “Adios Freestyle” and remember to support dope music in all its forms.