When I initially listened to “Missing Pieces,” I felt that the production held the song down. The concept, speaking on obtaining sobriety after wearing an alcohol-infused mask for so long, spoke to me. However, the beat felt a bit too methodical. After listening to it a second time, I’m still not the biggest fan of the beat. However, I see why Spyder chose this sort of beat for the song. It plainly sits there while he raps about his journey.
Alcohol addiction isn’t as glitzy and dramatic as it appears in movies and film. It’s more of a slow burn that can rapidly and randomly speed up when people don’t know how to cope without alcohol/when people feel empty and try to fill those holes whole with booze. I’ve never been addicted to alcohol, but there was a point in the early-to-mid-2010s where I did misuse it. I decided to take control before I got out of control, as I didn’t have as many coping skills as I do now, and went completely sober. Heck, I’m just starting to feel like I can drink again, though I still do so in moderation (no more “Speed finishing a bottle of 151 in a night” shenanigans).
Check out the track below, practice sobriety if need be and support dope music in all its forms.