Reedukay proves to have a poignant, positive take on life on inspirational “Reeduh”. Everything here feels so joyous from the confidence that rises up within the carefully polished production of the sound to the incredible lyricism that underpins the entirety of the piece. Feeling like the sort of album this moment needs, there is an uncanny sense of reassurance flowing through every single verse. Strong thoughtful storytelling is the true heart of the album for it is from this singular impulse that all else grows. The fact that Reedukay also works as a producer of his sound speaks volumes about his dexterity, and explains why the beats seem to punctuate the power of his words. Stylistically rooted in conscious hip-hop, the album incorporates snippets from R&B, pop, and a whole slew of other genres while transfiguring them in a way that feels very much his own.
A wide slew of artists’ influence can be felt on the album, with J. Cole perhaps being one of the closest comparisons. Like J. Cole, there is a focus on the confessional side of things, as the songs have a vulnerability that feels quite refreshing. Similarly, Reedukay’s spacious, light-filled tracks have a close analog to J. Cole’s own sun-drenched productions, for every single sound is carefully chosen for maximum impact. The grooves have a nimbleness to them, as they reveal a true talent for form that draws from a highly contemporary style, that at times touches upon a similar sound to Kendrick Lamar’s most soulful pieces. Every detail is perfect from the lush basslines that unfurl with such warmth to the crisp hit of the snare. To hear the evolution of his sound from Versatility to Reeducation, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2: Get Reeducated to Reed Between The Rhymes and now to this feels particularly satisfying, as he has refined his sound into something that rolls through with a sense of purpose.
“Believe In You” starts the album off right and on a high note, with a shared sense of joy that feels quite soothing as it builds up. Going for healthy mindset is the moment of clarity that is “Mindset” featuring some impeccable delivery as he seems to pile on the rhymes into rhythms that moves like a kaleidoscope. Pure happiness bursts forth on the low-slung funky spirit of “I Stay in the Light”. The low end has a sheer physicality on the stately presence of “Joshua”, easily the highlight of the album. Here the way that he draws upon an entire life has a righteous grace to it. Love conquers all on the thought-provoking tenderness of “These Empty Spaces”. Jazzy vamps add to the glowing tenor of “You Know I’m Coming Home”. Ending things on a reflective kick is the lush atmosphere of “No They Don’t”.
On “Reeduh”, Reedukay expands upon his sense of positivity and purpose with lyrical prowess and messages that stay with you.