Maya Miko explores the deeper powers at play on the triumphant spirit of “Money Manifestation”. Lyrics here are everything for they help to center the album around the concept of the self. An inspirational series of messages these are the sorts of pieces one ought to contemplate for they are full of clever word choice and deep insight. His voice rings true for every word here gets treated with the utmost of care. For the entirety of the album, he brings together pieces of R&B, trap, pop, and a whole slew of other mixtures that are filtered through his own unique vision.
This tradition of pulling oneself up and out is an essential part of hip-hop’s history. A whole slew of rappers has taken this tact, resulting in narratives that help to remain some of the most iconic songs in the style. Drake’s “Started From The Bottom Now I’m Here” serves as a perfect example, for it too offers the believe that with the right hustle, the right approach, one can overcome any obstacle to find success. A lot of Drake’s output has a vulnerability to it, something that Maya employs within his own flow. Nor is Drake alone in this, for T.I. and DJ Khalid have taken this theme making it an essential part of many of their songs. However, what makes Maya Miko’s work different is that this is the heart and soul of the entire album, not simply a smattering of song. Thus, the album works best as a whole with each track reverberating the message of the previous one.
“I Am Coming Back to Life (feat. Tina Ford & Kali Malia)” starts things off in style, with a thoughtful mantra whose cyclical nature wraps around the listener. The production here has a stellar tone to it, with the arrangement gaining a cinematic flair to it. Quite spacious “Started off with Nothin” has an intimacy to it. Little percussive skitters and the drop of the bass adds to the sheer heart of the track. Pure loveliness reigns supreme over the pastoral beauty of “I Am Life (feat. Tausha Hanna)”. Delicately put together the song has a fragile hope and optimism to it. Bass rumbles through with the limber “I Have a Positive Money Mindset” for the song’s laid-back groove propels it forward. Cleverly classical and hip-hop merge with “The More I Give the More I Receive” for everything here works wonders. Melodies here have a fragileness following the flow with perfection.
Guitar plucks bring things into the fray with “Chips & Rum (feat. Kat Diaz)”. The angelic choir in the back helps to add to the sense of community that the work radiates. “I Am Worthy of My Dreams” features geometric tempos, with the beats virtually folded into each other. Layer upon layer comes into the mix with the drilling beats and sudden bursts of energy adds to the feeling of pure hope. His flow is impeccable on the taut work of “Spinach Ravioli”. A cinematic flair comes into the fray on “Magic Carpet”. There is a beauty to be found within “Magic Carpet” for a sense of having arrived emerges within the verses. Everything within “Gettin Money (feat. Wazzmo)” has a tremendous positive energy for the song explodes into a vast kaleidoscopic array, allowing patterns to ebb and flow out. Flirting with the red “I Am a Money Magnet” has a flexible, elastic groove for he lets the sound stretch almost into the breaking point.
Woozy and wonderful “I Am in Alignment with My Purpose” has an intensity to it. The song’s self-confidence and outright swagger feels fantastic, life-affirming. “I Am Debt Free” features a clear-eyed look towards the future, one that has a soothing aspect to it. On “Vision Board” there is a sense of purpose, one that has shown what it means to accomplish one’s dreams and how to outline one’s dreams. A nice poppy work “My Wealth (feat. Tausha Hanna)” gets some rather gorgeous neon-hued synthesizers into the mix making the song feel lighter than air. Pure rush “I Am a Money Making Machine (feat. Wazzmo)” has a western twang behind it, for the samples have a sense of fire to them. Incredible sprawl gives “Grateful & Free” a peaceful disposition to it, for the voices soar all the way up to the heavens. Hushed with splendor “I Am at Peace (feat. Tausha Hanna)” lets the bass drive on forward. Bringing it all home comes the dream-like surreal swirl of the finale “Money’s Raining Down on Me (feat. Tina Ford & Kali Malia)”.
Done with such dignity and respect, Maya Miko crafts a world that feels lovely and fully lived-in with “Money Manifestation”.