Coming out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Waldo’s latest single has him on the spiritual path to becoming a better man. “Heavenly Father” is a touching moment of seeking solace and finding your refuge in communing with God. If you’re not up on Waldo, his musical lineage can be traced all the way back to his 2012 project Pick Your Own Poison, dropping on Soulection. Since then, Waldo has delivered a steady output of EPs and singles leading up to his 2016 album Be Ever Wonderful. The earlier 2013 NSDE/OUTSDE EP and it’s follow-up Until Then were also solid offerings from Waldo, showcasing the roots of his methodical songwriting and breezy flows.
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“Heavenly Father” plays to and improves upon Waldo’s strengths. He delivers a set of inquisitive bars over a transfixing trap beat. Pulsing synths and a trap-flavored percussion do not distract from the way Waldo layers his silky delivery. His flow is precise and technical, and most importantly well paced. He doesn't miss a step when he speeds up over the hi-hats, but his flow isn't marked by an anxious urge to get every word in. Waldo spits with poise, which leads me to believe the man can rap over any instrumental. By the end of the cut we know he can kick it a cappella. The song is an intimate look at his relationship with God, and the peace religion brings him, ‘keeping [his] head above the water.’ Clarity comes on the final bars of the track, where the beat cuts out and Waldo affirm that ‘His plan has panned out.’