Trap music became Hip-hop’s ticket to mainstream domination when it originated in the late ‘10s and since then, we’ve witnessed a slew of artists make the most of this off-kilter sound. Although it didn’t make its way to Africa until much later, rappers from this side have been able to key into its free form nature, one of them being Bay Blanco whose utilization dates back to 2016 on singles like Day One. It’s been more than four years later since the single’s premiere and with a handful of projects and countless singles speaking to his enigmatic nature, Bay Blanco finds a balance on Easy Level, a loose metaphor for the frankness and freedom that is the eleven-track project.
Honesty, character, and spunk meet the bouncy anatomy of Trap music; 808s, and its variants of psychedelic drums on the project and it is with these features Blanco addresses the state of his mind on mind roiling tracks like Sick & Twisted, Codeine In My Piss, his aversion to sobriety, love, lust and a host of other subjects over a general plane of intoxicating sounds produced by longtime collaborator, LO.
Although he checks execution of his musical ideas on Easy Level, Bay Blanco sacrifices appeal for creativity, a move that sells the project’s novelty in an industry that hasn’t exactly made room for sounds like this but, cripples its mainstream allure.