When you think of the eccentric melodies, you'll quickly realize that you're speaking of YB Vawni. The Toronto artist is a product of Kingston, Jamaica, but his love for rap, trap, and hip-hop went further than his space.
Beyond all doubt, he knew what he had to do and began a writing journey without the intention of sharing his lyrics. Then meeting like-minded individuals who encouraged him to pursue these talents, he considers his lyrics a representation of his life story.
The forward bass instrumentation in YB Vawni's latest single, "Paranoid," immediately evokes a sense of anticipation as you digest the lyrical dexterity he effortlessly serves. Using a combination of weighty bass components and enticing hi-hats, the percussion patterns leave you in a pool of sporadic elements that we soak up throughout this cognizant soundscape.
The intimacy of the words professed have you eagerly awaiting the next series of bars as the storytelling method of YB Vawni remains untouched. Conveying glimmers of the new wave while encompassing the roots of hip-hop, we feel that the genre isn't compromised as the integrity of YB Vawni glistens in an illuminating spectrum of confidence.
Taking his talents to the next level while leaving remnants of his life in a sonic imprint, we feel the vulnerable and authentic nature of "Paranoid" in lyrical motifs such as 'Never killed anyone before, but I've made some calls. Broken bones, what you get then pray to your lord.' The depth that resides in carefully crafted wording as such has us feeling the grooves to our core as shivers run down our spine, with the portrayal of truth being extremely apparent in "Paranoid."
YB Vawni has us in our hearts and minds with this masterpiece, making this an easy track to introduce to the repeat button.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, YB Vawni, and congratulations on releasing your latest single, "Paranoid." You go into a vast amount of detail when writing this composition. Was there a particular moment or story that inspired you to get as deep as you did?
There wasn't a reason that inspired me to go as deep; I just wanted some sense of transparency, as I believe each track gives insight into my life which gives it the level of authenticity.
How important is it for you to be vulnerable in the music that you create? Was this always the case for how you approached your craft?
Music isn't just about clever wordplay. As artists, we sometimes scream for help in our songs, or we use it as a means to vent, and that's as vulnerable as it gets.
If your audience could take away a message from "Paranoid," what would you like it to be?
One message you can take away is, just leave people alone, not everyone is tolerant or will put up with disrespect, and you never know, maybe the person you are harassing is trying to be more than their surroundings or background.
What has been the best piece of advice that you've taken into your artistic career?
The best piece of advice, if taken in my artistic career, is to always be true to myself, never try to fit just because it provides temporary comfort.
What's next for you?
The next step is to wrap up the year with 3-4 additional tracks. I'm not ready to release an EP, but it is slowly gathering.