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Sir EU Reviews Artless Brandon’s Review of His New Project, ‘Some Friend You Are’

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Back in February, Artless Brandon gave his review of EU’s latest release, Some Friend You Are; now — by way of Grindstone — EU has written a dope review of the review, which you can read below:

When I first sold my album by hand to brother Brandon ‘Artless Brandon’ Anthony in One Love Massive, we exchanged a few words about my method of release with this album in particular. I touched the surface on telling him why I had opted to go with what’s called a “physical-only” release, meaning that people would only have access to the material via purchasing it directly from me and it not being available online. My reason in doing this was because, outside of not being able to garner the support of a platform that I felt would help it get the exposure I’d like for it to, I also did not have the stamina at this point of my career to deal with people consuming my art on the basis of it’s commercial applicability. We deal with this everyday, the prospect of people potentially liking us more if we were to just tweak a certain aspect of our character a little more; the valid distaste of not being accepted or celebrated for who I am without ‘augmenting’ what I present to a frequency that most would be comforted or entertained by. Keep in mind that I am an artist, and though not quite as sensitive about my shit as it has become cliche to be, I am one who is very intentional and deliberate in what I present as mine.

I don’t think I primarily do things to be liked; I do my best to be true to who I am and represent those I love. I think that combination qualifies as personal. A few p-words come to mind: people, palpable, present. I currently care the most about presenting who I am and what makes me so very palpable to people. I make art to comfort the disturb and disturb the comfortable. I didn’t record the album in “Hi-fidelity” or a standard in which the mainstream could simply plug it in and pair it with any hit programming. I’m not oblivious as to how it sounds, and I resent my intention coming across “as peculiar as a man in a tailored tuxedo chasing down pigeons at rock creek park”. This implies that my intention is ultimately in vain unless it passes a certain threshold of likability, and that because I defer to try and fit a certain mold or standard that I’m neglecting my own common sense and potential; I don’t think that’s the case. It also implies that my apparent skills as a lyricist dress me formally while my focus and concerns have me out here lookin cray. Which is my biggest takeaway from Brandon’s review of my album ———–

When Brandon and I first spoke to eachother about the album, much before this review of his review, he asked me about my recording situation, morseo why the songs didn’t have one cohesive sound. I asked him if that’s what he would have liked. I feel like music is as intersectional as we all are as people, which would mean that no one song is better than another, we can only like or dislike something based on the contexts and planes they affected us on. The most that you can do in pertains to evaluating or gauging the greatness of a piece of art is by the means of telling how much or deeply it affected you personally. What you like, you being the reader right now, is not (necessarily) what I am trying to make. I am trying to express myself, and make you feel something emotionally, hopefully, ideally, at the least. I admit that I strive to be understood. I feel like things that are original and deviant from the mainstream norm are always cast to the side by a narrative that the messenger is so much different than you are. Which is true to a certain extent, but more often than not it just results in an egregious dissociation from what we do have in common, which strengthens our focus on the machine, and keeps us keeping up with the Kardashian’s in our strives to look and dress like them and their spouses.

I would have liked for my album to be evocative for Brandon in terms of how it made him feel, moreso than whether or not the masses would embrace it. I think the literacy displayed was acute and grammatically sound, though I was made uncomfortable by the amount of comparisons to outcasted people and consequential undermining of the truly flattering and empowering things he did have to say about my positive traits. I can only understate the appreciation for the esteem he did place on me in some of those comments.

Overall, I give this review a 7.5/10. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the picture used, and I think that I disagree with the concept of rating music, but I would even round my final grade of it up to an 8 on the grounds that I truly grew from it. Got love for you for that.

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