We're going to try something new today. Typically, we do music reviews or think pieces on music from the past that we are pretty familiar with. We like to break it down and extrapolate it to the point that what we're hearing messages that weren't intended to be put forth.
However, there has been a growing number of artists (mostly new young rappers) who look like they just stepped out of a scene from the movie Blade. They look like nightclub vampires with tattoos all over their face and piercings in every spot imaginable.
White, black, brown, the race hasn't mattered, they all sport this new look. So if you just scroll through Instagram, you'll find a handful of these kids. This next guy is no different. Now we've never heard any of his music before, so this is an instant reaction.
Bexey is an artist from London. He has been making music for about 3 years now, and worked closely with the recently passed Lil Peep. On the immediate surface, that's about all we know so far. But his millions of YouTube views paints out a different story.
His following seems to be strong and displays a willingness to support his message. Whatever his message may be is unknown to us at this time. But we'll go on this journey together.
This first video has over 9 million views, and is not what we expected when he first looked at him.
There's something about those all-black contacts that is just not right. It looks like something out of a horror movie where some little girl comes in with straight black hair and just stares into your soul.
Before even clicking play, we were expecting to hear some hard rap. Talking about guns and drugs and whatever other violence kids claim they know about when they really don't. But the chorus is refreshingly honest and full of emotion.
Stay alive for me
Poetry of love was not what we were expecting at all. Suicide is all too common across the world, especially among the youth. But the bigger problem is that they don't talk about it until it is too late.
And kids need to realize that they're not fighting this fight alone. These lines show Bexey talking to somebody about love and death and that the power of love could prevent the latter.
One word of advice to the kid, love is not life and death. Love is powerful in many ways but can be broken in a moment's notice. Not everyone treats love with the same gravity as others, so the loss of love should never lead to suicide. Keep your head up kid, real love is out there.
Again with the damn contacts! Well that's his look I guess, at least he owns it. I like his style too, that matching colorful suit shows a lot of life and vigor.
Even though he is still singing a bit throughout his verses, this is a little bit more of what I was expecting. Still no words of violence, but much stronger vocally on the beat.
There is this subtlety of respect for women that is rare in today's music, specifically rap music. This sound is more grunge than anything else, but is probably considered rap if it were to be put into a box.
Do a woman no wrong
"Do a woman no wrong" is a line that may have never been spit in a rap song before. And if it was, it was probably replaced with the word "bitch" or "hoe."
Now if you never pretended the floor was lava, then just close this page right now. You can't relate to anything we're talking about over here. Those were the good old days, and now he can barely see the floor because of all of his designer bags. That's probably a little excessive, but if you've got it flaunt it.
Those last two lines are relatable to anyone who has ever been in love. Like real love. Having someone so powerful in your life that you feel your spirit leave your body is a scary thought. The fact that someone could control that much of every part of your being is a lot to carry. It's no wonder he uses music as an expression of his feelings.
On the surface, Bexey looks like a crazy ass kid who breaks the law, does drugs, and loves violence. And maybe behind the music he does. We don't know him personally, so we can't assume.
And prior to listening to his music, we made assumptions about him that probably aren't cool. It's all about remembering that thing your mom told you when you were five years old, "Never judge a book by it's cover."
From what we've seen so far from Bexey, he fits the criteria of people to not judge. He may be scary at first glance, but his music offers a reminder to the world that there is love in everyone. And Love is the most powerful drug of all.
Well except like real drugs. Don't do drugs you guys, it's not cool. Wear black contacts instead.