An album introduction is an important tone-setter, and Atlanta rapper Deante Hitchcock made sure to handle it with care when arranging his debut Better. While the project as a whole is an impressive front-to-back listen, there's something refreshing in the honesty of "I Remember." Opening with a gospel vocal run backed by a gentle Rhodes progression, the beat's true nature reveals itself -- slightly uncomfortable, adding a layer of tension to Hitchcock's reflections.
"I remember shows in Texas, back when the venue lane was long as my setlist," he muses, as the bars kicks off. "Shit was killin' me, I just couldn't express / Grateful for what they gave me, but in my heart of hearts, I just couldn't accept that I done feel every type of feeling but death." Hitchcock maintains an interesting flow scheme throughout, with inverse rhymes evolving into satisfying conclusions -- a testament to his pen game. In true intro fashion, Hitchcock opts for a singular -- albeit extensive and jam-packed -- verse, making it clear that whatever else his project might bring forth, it will always be grounded by humility.
Check it out for yourself and sound off below -- is Deante Hitchcock poised for a breakout year in 2020?
I remember shows in Texas, back when the venue lane was long as my setlist
Shit was killin' me, I just couldn't express
Grateful for what they gave me, but in my heart of hearts, I just couldn't accept
That I done feel every type of feeling but death