Brutally honest artistry is a rare gem, especially in hip hop so whenever an artist like Red Pill comes along, it’s wise to dig in and never let go. If this is how you feel, you’re in luck because the Detroit rapper has just dropped his second album as an independent artist with Mello Music. ‘Instinctive Drowning‘ is just as gloomy and introspective as the title suggests with songs that question everything from why his renown as a rapper doesn’t alleviate the emptiness he feels to where the paradise the world’s religions preach about is. Here is a man reaching deep into his psyche for answers to life’s existential mysteries and coming up empty-handed. Here is a man wondering where his place in the world is and having to content himself with his life as a depressed misfit. What will keep you listening through the sludge of despair is the dexterity of Red Pill’s delivery and how succinctly Ohio producer Ill Poet’s work on the boards matches the bleak feelings of the lyricist.
Listen to the album’s title track if you want a synopsis of what Instinctive Drowning is all about. The track starts with morose playing on the keyboard and the sound of waves lapping on the beach. Pill proceeds to tell the story of his mother dying in her father’s arms as he does everything to resuscitate her. She had been struggling with alcoholism and her situation finally reached crisis point, having fought the battle bravely for 30 years. But what’s even scarier is that Pill seems to be following in her footsteps and in place of a fairytale recovery at the end is cold death in a drive-by shooting. This is reality hitting you hard and bare-knuckled. The video is a chilling reminder of those times you are wallowing in problems and no one seems to care or even notice. Pill is yelling in the faces of so-called friends but they’re all too caught up in their conversations to hear him out.
Miami Based, Internationally Known