Miami-based artist Rob Curly has struck us in the feels with his after party anthems. His latest, Twenty Two, is that type of sleepy slaps project for that moment when you're at the after party, but conflicted if you should continue the turn up or wind down. Regardless, when you find yourself in this limbo, you undoubtedly turn up until you decide otherwise.
Reminding us of a hybrid between Drake, Bryson Tiller & Tory Lanez, Rob Curly comes in so hot with slappers ripe for baby making or turning up. Like Drake, he's got that easy flow to cop, the ladies love these songs cause they can finally sing along to a rap track and still feel a lil hood while doing it. He's reminiscent of Tiller & Lanez by utilizing those female sped up vocal loops within the productions, by the buttery smooth annunciation of his word, and the sing-y rap cadence that I fuck with oh so very hard.
Curly shows out pretty hard on the first track off Twenty Two. Entitled "Should've Made U A Mother", the intro of the track starts with muffled high pitch vocals that eventually become clearer half a minute in. Sampling the vulnerable vocals of Owl Eyes on the Flight Facilities track "Heart Attack", Curly makes it easy to miss your ex more than ever, playing off the idea that it's easy to fuck with fate with the simple use (and sounds) of an iPhone. You've gotten to the point where you don't know what to say, but you're sending shit anyway, praying to grasp on to that last bit of faith. The title of the track sort of says it all, almost as if he sent his ex this song saying, "Yo this isn't a low key, I miss you. Like, I regret not planting my seed inside of you and raising a family with you b. Come be with me." However after all this being said, the lyrics on the track aren't incredibly heavy, in fact they are pretty light hearted. Regardless, he wanted to procreate with this girl and that's real AF.
The project continues including trap drums and snares with R&B vocals on "Love and Stuff" . Curly shows more conflicted feelings on this track because he's still missing an ex girl, but instead of looking in the past, he's thinking of the present. Using a similar vibe as the first track, his harmonious vocals are showcased on "Come Thru Anytime," singing over an ethereal female vocal loop in the production. I assume after he's metaphorically sent the messages from the first two track he's like, "That being said, come over whenever." He then addresses the fact he was addicted to this girl, citing the fact that he can't get sober on "Let You Go". Now hitting a little harder, Rob Curly rhymes about homefront issues on "Family".
Now comes the interlude – with Curly demonstrating why lyrically heavy interludes have become increasingly more popular nowadays – artists like him have too much to say. Sounding a little like Ye Ali on this one, Rob Curly preaches about "Loyalty" on this track. However the real post- interlude track, and my second favorite off the project, is "Whatcha Sayin". It comes through as a turn up track, so if you decided to sleepy slap through tracks two through seven, you now immediately have to wake the fuck up for this post-interlude cut. Ending the project, he hits us with "Blow". But I'll let you decide whether you should turn up or turn down to that track.