My first wholly approved mixtape of 2015 comes in the form of Lewis‘ No Daughters Are Safe, which actually saw release prior to the new year earlier this week.
The build-up to No Daughters Are Safe featured a random set of stand-alone single releases that featured dark and brooding tones that I’ve become accustomed to from Lewis’ work. You can already sense a cohesion if you’ve followed the songs since the fall, and whether you did or not, I highly suggest you dive in below.
No Daughters Are Safe is an eye-catching title (with now, eye-catching alternative artwork above) in itself and Lewis’ lyrics and production are much the same for the ear. Lewis has a knack for describing personal lows or dark moments in his life that I think we can all channel within ourselves. The album, self-produced as well, provides a fantastic, ever-changing backdrop for the unfiltered realness.
The end result is a blend of lyrics, tones, melodies, and booming instrumentals that I believe is on another level compared to mixes of fellow upcoming artists. There’s a clear Kanye influence that I think fans of the superstar artist will find welcoming as they start on track numero uno, “New Tribe / Matriarchs”. Of the non-previews, a standout record to me is “Heroine Symphony”, which personifies the blend I discuss above. Simply put, a job well-done by Lewis, with hopefully more edgy visuals to stem from No Daughters Are Safe to come into 2015.
Lewis’ No Daughters Are Safe project is on deck for December 29th and by now, I hope you’ve seen the consistent previews this fall.
You’re in for a treat though as, first and foremost, “Pride & Joy” is a stellar cut that won’t be appearing on the project. The song’s opening lines will really grab your attention and it’s everything else after that really killed it for me. Some thought-provoking lyricism is flanked by a superb, pulsating production that ends. I dig Lewis’ message, vibe, and delivery on this one below.
BONUS: Lewis also has a couple other new releases this month to catch up on, you and yours truly. The “La Maquina (Interlude)” is a very interesting, lengthy listen that motivates also given this premise:
WE LOSE OURSELVES TO FIND OURSELVES A LITTLE MORE EVERYDAY
THE MACHINES OF MEN DON’T REST
THE ENGINES RUN IDLE ON THE EVER BURNING FUEL OF AMBITION
“Dem Wan Me Murda” has an awesome, infectious beat as well (self-produced like all of this trio of tracks.) On second listen, it’s already growing on me from the first and is another *Tibs Fav. that I’m intrigued to see if it fits the project. Keep an ear on the ominous tone throughout, and all the way through to the end too. Lewis has a knack for concluding his songs on an impactful note — the first and third here are prime examples.
No Daughters Are Safe drops December 29th.
Checkin’ in with some new Lewis as this week he released his latest preview off No Daughters Are Safe with “Clark Kent”. The creative comic strip up above sets the tone if the minimal, yet brooding production, also by Lewis, doesn’t right off the bat.
This is one you need to give your full attention to with your headphones in to catch the sonic subtleties. Plus, I find “Clark Kent” being a song that many casual listeners can connect to; I know that I found a variety of individual lines that I could parallel with as Lewis reflects. Tune in below and overall, you’ll find something that’s different than your usual rap release and different than any expectation you might have.
A little switch-up from Lewis with his latest dubbed as ‘An American Rap Ballad’. He’s first rapping fast over a brighter, soulful sound and callin’ out fake rappers along the way. You can feel the intensity and fire on the track and I’m especially vibing with the end so stay tuned below. Produced by 3rdEyeLover.
SOME OF THESE RAPPERS ARE WAY BETTER THAN ME
SOME OF THESE RAPPERS CAN GET TO PEOPLE REALLY EASY
IT ISNT HARD FOR THEM TO BE POPULAR
I MAY NOT HAVE THOSE POWERS BUT THE POWER I DO HOLD IS THE ABILITY TO EXPRESS MY RAGE IN A WAY WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE ITS YOURS
SO INSTEAD OF THE USUAL WRITTEN PASSAGE ABOUT SOME LOST GIRL LOOKING FOR PEACE IN THIS LIFE OR SOMETHING
WARNING TO ALL RAP NIGGAS
IF YOU FUCK WITH ME
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
I WILL OUT RAP
AND OUT LIVE ALL OF YOU MOMENTARY
IN THE NOW
FOR THE SUMMER
MUTHAFUCKAS THAT HAD THE AUDACITY TO STAND IN MY WAY
AND WITH A TIP OF THE HAT
I BID YOU ADIEU
UNTIL NEXT TIME MY FRIENDS
NO DAUGHTERS ARE SAFE
Another interpretive preview of the upcoming No Daughters Are Safe album from Jersey artist Lewis earns the feature atop Gowhere today with “Watch Your Mouth (Cersei’s Desire)” following the same dark overtones of earlier releases. Lewis gets a little more descriptive with even more nice references lyrically compared to the other feature today “New Tribe / Matriarchs”, for instance. Take a ride over this brooding production below that you’ll likely appreciate more with a couple of listens to digest.
IN THE NIGHT WHEN THE BLOOD DOES ITS DIRTY WORK
SHE AWAITS NATURE’S COURSE
YOU BEST WATCH YOURS AND NOT LEAVE HER ALONE WITH IT
THE WOMAN LUSTS FOR GREAT WAR
(more multiple covers!)
ICYMI: Lewis “New Tribe / Matriarchs”