The Life of the Vocal percussion – Saint Lyor releases his latest single “Talking Drums”

You see, utilizing your voice goes a long way. It’s one of those things that we question or critique public figures of any kind for not doing just that, and it just tends to be seen as more of a moral obligation. It may also seem objective in some regard, but it’s impressive to see more than ever that there are people with an audience that take advantage of their ability and make a positive impact. Others, well, significantly shift the paradigm from what it was. See it as a positive connotation. How we should ultimately judge that impact comes down to how loud and vocal it can reach. It’s only if like… Drums could talk.


I’m sure you heard just that if you got to let your ears listen to Mr. Lyor, aka Saint Lyor’s newest track, “Talking Drums.” In the song, he utilized his vocals to convey his philosophy and informative things that enabled him to thrive and grow as a human being. Knowledge is key, they say. So what did he state in the song that made this clear?


Saint Lyor made it apparent in the first verse that my man didn’t drop out of college. He graduated. I know, crazy, right. An artist of his caliber graduated and got his degree. SHIFTING THE PARADIGM. This allowed Mr.Lyor to gain credibility throughout the song as he talks more about prioritizing his essentials, whether his mental health or relationship with the family. He understands the value of his cognizance, which allows him to strive for better not only for his inner circle but those who listen. Yeah, guys, that’s us.  


On a side note,Mr.Lyor, if you’re reading this, HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TOP NOTCH? Let me put you guys on woah quickly. In the chorus, Saint Lyor references Top-Notch, a Jamaican Restaurant in Randolph, MA, and is where I’m from. Anyways, he talks about the owner whose (and I can’t make this up) name is “Mr.N****.” He implies that he understands a lot as well as the “big picture.”


Now, if you were to see this metaphorically, it’s best to see it as Mr.Lyor reflecting on his ancestors and seeing what they had to sacrifice to help their future generations like himself. No, I don’t see this as far-fetched at all. 


This leads to the following parts of the song, in which he makes it apparent that his knowledge and intellect feel like divinity and how he’s now able to format his philosophy of morality. They call it the Divine Command Theory(just to throw that out there).


You can get a sense of what he says on how we ought to be: that he feels his moral obligation is to not only spread positivity but to inform, and inspire his listeners. In addition, he perceives his responsibility is to strive for greatness on and off the mic.  


What I find unique with his philosophy is his idea of not ultimately letting history repeat itself. Saying verses like “Keep on going and study the ancients” depicts how he sees we should approach this ongoing current affair. Adding on, the universal message that he preaches as a whole is to become one with yourself. Now that’s talking on the drums!


The power in understanding makes the metaphor of talking drums come to light if you genuinely gave it thought. Individuality has been lost in some regard, and it seemed essential to convey precisely what’s problematic. When you come to grips with valuing your self-worth high, you see the sky isn’t the limit. 


To unravel much more of the meaning, Saint Lyor also touches on the concept of untapped potential. It’s the idea that is a combination of embracing what you know and what you have yet to learn. Some things that you’re intellectual about may seem odd to the naked eye, but recognize the distinction to be so. 


We’ve unpacked a lot, haven’t we? As much as this single taught us a lot, the message can’t lose its validity. We must allow the words to ring well with us so we remember what has been conveyed. But at the end of the day, let yourself be the talking drum. Come to a point where you cognate with the percussion so well, the noise becomes irresistible.


Behind the WaveRunner – Wave releases his newest project “Misunderstood”

How do we look at life when people choose to judge our past or even present decisions? I’m sure it’s hard to see the good in the world as a whole when yet the actions of such ignorant acts are upon one’s own self. So what’s the answer to how to approach that feeling of betrayal by the world? Well… to be honest, there’s no answer but self-satisfaction. Allow those to come up with conspiracies about your character because the only one who truly knows you is who? You know the answer to that question, at least.

So what do people miss to understand? Well artist Wave, Boston’s very own, decided to discuss precisely that current affair. He recently released his newest Project called “Misunderstood,” where the initial drive of it all (explained in the interview with Gabe Gomes) was to allow people to understand who exactly he is. As most listeners listen to his past projects, they get a sense of someone who is truly defined as someone who has “no morals”, yet in a project like this, you’ll see for yourself that it’s fallacious on its own.

So what’s my reaction to the tape? I’m sure that’s what you came here for. Well, I wanted to understand precisely the thoughts and opinions that were misunderstood indeed. At some point in time, we must be willing to show compassion and understanding to those who need us to listen at any given moment. I found myself doing just that with this tape.

I had no preconceived notion about Wave the man nor the artist. Even listening to this latest masterpiece, it’s not until you allow your ears to hear it that you’ll discover the man behind the name.

In this Project, we discover topics that genuinely allow us to examine what is needed to be understood. From Wave’s current lifestyle to the sway of others, to the potential he finds within, we get to recognize that Wave is just like you and me. A man with an aspiration to make it and be excellent in his way.

In the first three tracks, ‘Getting Real,’ ‘Make it Count, and ‘See the Hate,’ we get to know what he has to observe in his environment. It’s also good to note the pain in his vocals, especially in the first track to start it all. It felt right to start a project off with that specified song because of how much value it had throughout the whole piece, and it’s an overlay of exactly what he would eventually discuss.

It seems Wave had to experience what the next track is titled ‘Fake Luv’ to comprehend why people move the way they do. He’s willing to accept it for what it is but pledges not to keep that energy within his vicinity. He implies to express his truth and nothing more. He makes it clear that he doesn’t BS his lifestyle nor what he stands for. Unfortunately, it seems he can’t say that for a lot of people he’s seen.

The Project then perfectly transitions well to the next segment of the piece. We get to see a vulnerable side of him where he conveys his takes on relationships with people and how he can’t seem to differentiate a girl from a woman. (By the way, Artist Shaybandz, who’s featured on ‘Leave Me Lone’ bodied her verse!) We also understand that he loves hard, which makes his comprehension of females difficult because of his personal experiences of fake love and energy. I feel him, though. I can’t lie, I am the same way! 

This leads to ‘Queen G’ where he talks about the dukes, yes, Ma Dukes. This Project is one of my favorites because she empowered him to become great and how he has nothing but unconditional love for her that no woman nor girl could ever receive. Personally, I could be pretty cool enough, relating to what he was conveying about his mother. So yeah, shout out to mama G!

Then we get to the closing tracks, where we get the inside of his philosophy about how to move in order to thrive. Clearly, he gets that life is only granted once, so there’s no reason to waste it. He also accepts that adversity will also be in the circle, and even with that, he has to keep going. They’ll never get why he does what he does or moves how he moves. He conveys people are quick to critique him and those around him. That’s due to what they see either in the media or what they hear from the outside. Ultimately it’s “misunderstood in this life of commotion.” 

What did we get from this album? A man’s journey to build on what he’s created, which is himself for that manner. He’s trying to let you see all the pieces to the puzzle he has for you to comprehend what he’s putting together. We become so quick to disbelieve in something that we don’t understand its value until it becomes prominent.

So why assume or become ignorant in that manner? I’m not sure what drives people. Whatever it is, it doesn’t stop the Wave-runner to keep doing just that, run. As personalized and detailed as it might be, the gas is unlimited. Maybe that’s just something you didn’t see before the engine started.