I'm not sure when it began, but I've always gravitated towards the younger artists in music industry. I like artists of all ages, but for some reason I get intrigued with the amount of potential these younger artists show.
Just thinking about people we've wrote about on this site have been 6ix9ine, Smooky Margiela, Lil Skies, Jasiah, Bexey, and Jaden Smith. All artists 23 years and younger.
So let's keep the youth movement going with this next artist.
At this point, you've probably heard Lil Tecca's major banger "Ransom." And while that song is on my list of "Most Unskippable Songs," it's not what we're here to talk about.
In that song, he tells the audience that he's got what you want. Whether it's this or that, black or white, red or blue. He's got a versatility that you can only hear if you actually tune into his debut album.
With a lot of these young guys in the internet-era that we live in, you can make a lot of money off of one song. But it's difficult to maintain a career that way. An artist can make a few bangers and fall off and live rich for a while.
It takes time, dedication, and a willingness to grow. So when I hear an album like "We Love You Tecca" I listen for the potential more than anything else.
A 17-year old with all the potential in the world can throw it away in the timespan of a Vine. So let's dive into a few tracks that may just give us a glimpse into his future as an artist.
*We're going to try something new this time, where we break down certain lines into categories. Let's see how it goes.*
"Did It Again"
Smoothest Line: "If you want a feature, give me a grand. Drip on my body, I'm cool like a fan."
Everything with the kids nowadays is about "The Drip." For you millennials, think of it like "Swag" or "Steelo." The Drip can be anything you want it to be. It's basically the way you carry yourself.
On the surface, he just looks like another dorky kid you pass by in the hallway. He's got the big framed glasses and a mouthful of braces. But his flow carries a certain confidence that is similar to that you'd see from someone like Big Sean.
Most Quotable Line: "You steady watchin' all the winning niggas, you gone lose"
This is probably a caption on a million teenage boys' Instagram posts. The one's where they got their hood on and they're flipping off the camera. I was a teenage boy once, and I know for a fact I would've used this as a caption on one of my MySpace pictures.
Line that shows the Most Potential: "Fuck all the fighting, be cool. Fuck all the dying, keep tools."
Everyone has an opinion on gun violence. But we can all agree that dying at the hands of gun violence has got to stop. He's not with all the beef.
With that said, some people need guns to survive. Whether you agree with that or not is up to you. But a young kid with millions of dollars probably isn't going to chance anything. So if he thinks keeping a "tool" is going to help him navigate through, then so be it.
Maybe as he progresses as an artist and a young man, he'll be able to expand more thoroughly on this topic.
Smoothest Line: "You said you want beef, nigga go to Five Guys"
Once again, we're seeing that Tecca isn't really with the beef shit. But it's going to come eventually, if it hasn't already. At this time, it seems like he's not going to pay it any attention.
That goes for you, too. You'll spend a lifetime worrying about what other people want to say about you, when in reality you should be worrying about yourself. The only beef you should have is with yourself, and why you haven't reached that certain goal you've set for yourself yet.
Most Quotable Line: "She used to throw me, now she really want me. I can tell that she mad I'm on."
I'm not sure if he's talking about one girl in particular, but I know we all have that one person we think of when we hear this line. They don't really want you until you're doing good.
So if you just went through a break-up and you're trying to flex, use this as your next caption.
Line that shows the Most Potential: "Hit em with that slow grind, I had to go steady."
In an age where everybody wants everything right now, artists are more hesitant to think about what's to come in the long run. And I don't blame them, because people will judge you off your first piece of work.
Think about any artist you really like, most of them only get better with time and life experiences. So for a teenager to understand that it's about the "Slow grind" is a rare occurrence. I'm sure it took him a long time just to get where he's at, and it'll take a lot more work to get even better.
"Out of Luck"
Smoothest Line: "My life a movie the way they be acting"
When you get money and fame, it's hard to know who is really there for you because they are genuinely happy for you. Everyone will fake it just be a part of your lifestyle.
It sounds like a pretty basic line, and that's because it is. But as the first line in the song, it sets the tone for pretty much the whole album. This young man is trying to figure out what's real and what's Hollywood.
Most Quotable Line: "They say that 'This nigga a fucking nerd' ... Wonder why some nigga on the internet richer than them with brace teeth."
This one is a major fact. The first time I saw his video for "Ransom" was months ago. And before I even knew who he was or what he could become, I think I literally asked myself "Is this nerd for real?"
You know those old dorky high school pictures people show you of themselves? Lil Tecca is having to live his dorky high school in the public's eye. So he might as well use it to his advantage.
Line that shows the Most Potential: "Can't control if you broke or born rich. If you want a situation, nigga deal with it."
A whole mindset. Everybody has a different story and a different background. You may have been blessed with great parents and had more opportunities than other. But regardless of what opportunities you've had or haven't had, it's all about what you do with your situation to get the one you want.
He may not have even been thinking about it that deeply that when he spit this bar, but it's the state of mind that helped him get it out. If he's able to continue to have that hunger to make the most of every opportunity, he may just become something real.
This album gives us a lot of sounds and bars we've heard from a lot of other young artists. But it's the combination of his age, mindset, and his flow that give us faith that he can grow as an artist.
As a whole, I'd have to put this album as one of the best rap albums of the year. It's got versatility. There's something about it that just makes you excited for the future.
Not specifically for him, but for everything in your life. If there's something to take from this album, it's that we all still have that teenager with big dreams in our hearts. He was just able to put his dreams into music.
And maybe one day, We all will really love Tecca.