In this lonely journey to becoming one of the rap game’s elites, Shaeir offers an EP that provides an in-depth look at the experience of a Nigerian American rapper from Baltimore. The premise serves as a strength of the project, giving it a unique perspective. Not only does it drive the narrative of the EP, but it also gives context to the meanings of the songs.
Is You African or Black?Shaeir off Lagos To Owings Mills
The line specifically speaks to the message he tries to drive within the project. He later comments in the song, “Does it really matter?” The point he proves is that being black isn’t as much about your homeland as it is persevering through the struggles. At times in life, he felt as if he was the only one who felt this way. Thus the title, Lonely Kid EP, came to life.
With the help of a nostalgic backdrop, the witty wordsmith makes it look easy on the lyrical exercise “First Things First”. Rapping over melodic production, Shaeir lays out his vision for his life, while encouraging the listener to do the same. On “Lagos to Owings Mills”, Shaeir shares his identity crisis growing up as an African in America. The storytelling and ability to project life on two continents was captivating. Finally, the project is nicely rounded off with life lessons on “Mama Told Me”.
Ultimately, The Lonely Kid EP is rich with clever lyricism over the familiar “boom-bap” sound. Shaeir injecting his personality throughout the music provides transparency. Add in a splash of black empowerment, we have a winner. This EP is an exceptional lyrical exercise up there with the likes of Freddie Gibbs and Mos Def so take a listen below!