Truth Gordon raps a lot about how he's commandeering over all his competitors in the rap game. Many of his songs feature laid back weight: setting the measure for the wordsmithery found throughout his story, enhancing transitions, and tastefully sharp production hooks. But, soulful flow without guidance and direction is simply scattered vehemence, and where his preceding Volumes 1 and 2 occasionally favored these efforts in balancing this concept to further develop the tone of his records, the new one, "Volume 3: Skinny Dipping In Maine," suggests he's putting those disciplines into cohesive motion.
His quarrels with the defects of society and the authentic MC endorsed carriage of his lyrics are found here, as Truth Gordon is no longer hampered by a lack of injunction, exhibiting quickly. "Damn, I've been appalled, people been telling me my music raw, I say it's rare," he states on Skinny Dipping, heated over the ignorance in the representation of his music, as he bears down further, "but they like it over-cooked, that ain't their fault." The effect: his most alive and cloudless Volume yet. These songs aren't just about pluck and boast anymore; they're about full transparency—using his experience as ammunition for his lyrical artillery.
In 2017's Volume 1, Truth Gordon named the record Low Tide, setting the course of foreshadowing internalized since his conception in the industry. Through his subsequent releases, he proves his method and course are always evolving, stretching and morphing from their core, until settling into their final information. On Skinny Dipping In Maine, the transmutation is bombastic, and there is even more efficiency and focus behind his bars. The staves on numbers like "Mufasa" and "Broken chains, No charm" are effortlessly smooth, even baring reference to a Yasiin Bey masterwork in the final verse of those above, and never decreasing his immediacy in the pursuit of leaving a long-lasting impression on your mind.
The rapping on Volume 2: High Tide, the record he released in 2018, was a cogent antecedent for things to come, and here, Truth Gordon pairs with dynamism with brevity for a third-round tip-off. Dress Code and In Focus feel like B-Sides ripped from a limited press in the way it surprises you with its potency. Truth Gordon cites his methods on All Facts, where the beats are gorgeously flowy and intrinsic yet straightforward as he blends bop and soul—sampling from his influences—displaying the accuracy of his raps in a more prominent rendering. On Comrade sound like an anthemic rally for everyone alike—you can hear them in his ad-libs, ascetic hook bending measure, and heavy-hitting candid production.
After producing the first two predecessors under the Volume monikers, he takes another full step forward with Skinny Dipping In Maine. Everything is put on the table here, and without introjection, the most imposing design of his career so far. His composition on Last Time is elusive, and the layering of his vocals envelops the song like a hurricane swirling tumbling aground. Reflections, by comparison, is more tantalizing and invigorating, making use of trendy sonic accompaniments like twinkling keys from a warbling Wurlitzer.
There's a lot of punching verses where it feels like Truth Gordon is bestowing knowledge onto a younger, more naive generation. In S.W.I.M., Gordon is lettering his way out each conjunction with an open mind and collected thoughts over an addictive hook. But his vowel-chimes have never signified more intimately and profound than they are on "Communicate" and "Open Wound." He unbars these songs with probing samples, before Truth Gorden finds his way to its center, imparting the retrospection of his mind for the total experience. Lessons he has learned are often working as his G.P.S. for a majority of his music, and by now, it's clear that the dynamism in his lyrics and layered vocal supports are a vital cornerstone in his catalog. "Do your thing cause it's love, even when there's no one to love you," an affirmation of growth he aspires to express on Nobody To Love Me, only further describes the point. Here, his introspection has had some impact on how Truth Gordon interprets life, mainly in how he approaches constructing a future and developing himself personally.
In addition to providing sanctuary in his extended hour and three-minute clocking record, he's maneuvering to its keystone messages and hooks through songs like NovaCane and Dates. These songs aren't just connected together by all the wisdom of his separated life experience; they expand the grips hold of your conscious and exercise a session of easy-going-reflection through the groovy doctrine of electric guitars and harmonizations.
"Astronomical you niggas struggle being extra fly," he raps on Drying Off, the record's outro; a self-sufficient rap as definite as to its commandeering Gambino-reminiscent R&B vibes. "I see a bunch of boys who still believe they are the man inside," he adds, "this is what I leave you with...free game," he's leaving the rest to us as un unprovoked manuscript, one to come back to, and to reacquaint with when we crave for the perspicacity in his lyricism. There is still plenty of unwavering wisdom and entertainment to be had on Volume 3: Skinny Dipping In Maine. It's easy to get the sense that all the things accumulative of his striking swagger Truth Gordon are radiated on through this record.
Hello Truth and welcome back to BuzzMusic. What led to the lengthy run time of your last two records? Did you feel you had a lot more to express, or is there a more underlining construct?
Truthfully, there was A LOT of content created going into the projects recently. However, sonically, if it didn’t have a certain sound, and feel, I didn’t place it. My goal was to start giving my fans options within my projects to where they could get a full experience and a timeless project.
You've mentioned being compared to J-Cole and Kendrick Lamar in terms of your lyrical competence and flow. When do you think this descriptor really became more prominent and is it something you're more or less aiming for in your productions?
Now I just want people to understand that I can take it there at any given moment. Lyrically, I want to be remembered to a point where if you hear a certain phrase or statement, you instantly think Gordon.
What has been the most impactful lesson you've learned through the release of your record trilogy, and have you surpassed any milestone you have aimed for since your come-up?
I have gained so many organic fans from regions I’ve never stepped foot physically. I definitely learned that good content, quality, storytelling, and lyrical poise won’t ever die; no matter the current trend. I also learned to never ride waves.
Where is the trajectory headed for the next record? Can we expect a Volume 4 in the works sometime soon, or is there a new window opening in your creative mind for the next musical venture?
The next project is near completion and I’m aiming to make it more like Volume 2. There will be more vigor, attitude, and demeanor in this one for sure.
What has been keeping you inspired this year?
“I’m almost there, push harder…” that’s all that reverberates in my mind. Sooner or later, I’ll be able to place focus within pushing an entire catalog and letting them do the work necessary. Who knows, I might even release some RnB.