It’s funny how things work. A couple weeks ago, there was a maelstrom of attention thrown Hip-Hop’s way when Ashley Judd’s book was about to drop. An excerpt from the book had her casting rap music as “rape culture.” Those in the know are aware of how misinformed that was, but with radio pumping negative music constantly, you look for evidence of the contrary. Add Bronx rapper Yonas to the opposite scale with his love letter to women, “Nobody Else.”
Yonas has obviously been visited by the spirit of the pre Death Row Tupac. Not that he has anything comparative in terms of Charisma, but inflections and tenor are clearly present in this ode to women. He honors his mother and expresses himself lovingly with his female partner. Sentiment is soft in a good way, with mentions of her dimples and wining and dining. There is no debauchery or anything derogatory or misogynist and he shouts out all the women who respect themselves.
There is a running atmospheric synth and the melody is one of those “dangerous Minds” type beats; the type where the white teacher comes in the ghetto and teaches the downtrodden minorities that they can dance their way out of poverty. You know that beat. A bit corny, but legitimately enough to carry the rhyme scheme.
This song won’t change the world, nor will it tip the scales in the balance of “positive” Hip-Hop. But it’s a solid piece of rap music that adds to the evidence that there are many types of Hip-Hop to be consumed if you actually give a fuck about finding it. Yonas cares. “Nobody Else.”
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