In the afterglow of Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali’s Oscar victories last night, let’s credit Zero Fatigue rhymers Smino and Jay2 for sending positive vibes with their “Blkoscars” track. Last Friday, the duo released the soulful track as part affirmation of Black excellence, part stream-of-consciousness over a spastic soundscape. The two MCs rhyme over the Monte Booker-produced track with a double time flow, taking turns dropping movie references in between pointed reflection of their own drama-filled lives.
“If you trapped in this life you better off tellin’ yourself to get a grip,” Jay2 resolves during his verse. Not only are the rhymes delivered in a straightforward fashion, both artists take time to melodically drift over “Blkoscars’” gentle organs and whirring synths, giving the song an adventurous flavor. “Blkoscars” is another single from Smino’s upcoming blkswn album, with the first being the equally incisive “Anita.”
The project doesn’t yet have a release date, but in the meantime you can stream “Blkoscars” below.