Written by Imani Wj Wright
It's one thing to have great melody, instrumentation, and even lyrics... Those are all essential qualities of a good grasping song. Though, when it comes down to what really catches us on an interpersonal level, I'm not sure if that is those are what stand in the forefront. No, it's the emotion, passion, and undeniable vulnerability that our artists put into their records. Whether it be Miles Davis nearly personifying his Trumpet, or The Notorious B.I.G. gracefully but fervently telling us about his life- we feel those kind of performances on a different level.
While I listened to Rich Porter, aka exit 5B's 4 song EP, The H Volume 2, I couldn't help but notice the amount of vigor Porter possessed on each track. With the production being heavy enough for some artists to drown in, Porter has no issue at all with owning the moment, and establishing his lyrical and vocal delivery. Songs like "Foundation" give us something you could hear a late 2000s, early 2010s Rick ross on.
The hard-hitting production sets the soundscape for Porter to deliver a believable storyboard about his activities. To say Porter is vivid in his style would be an understatement. As one listens to The H Volume 2, it could almost be described as cinematic. It truly has that kind of photographic storytelling and overall soundscape.