These days I don't feel like we get enough deep full-length projects. Ones that are reflective about the world we live in, yet introspective enough where the artist analyzes their role in this world. Enter Davey Asaph from Indiana and with his album "Never In My Wildest", Asaph brings us deep anecdotes from his past, let's us into his mind and vividly depicts his insecurities all while still making an album that bumps in the whip.
From the beginning of the album Asaph holds back nothing, tracks like "Para-a-lyzed" has Asaph telling us about his childhood struggles growing up. Comparing himself to his sister, struggling to learn because his mother was always on the grind to provide for the family. The story continues on the breakout single "Who Here" where Asaph profiles his father leaving and how it affected him growing up and now.
There is a lot of heavy material and a lot of dark topics on this album, but Davey Asaph's beat selection makes the lyrical content easily accessible. "Falling" which features Brandon Lott on the hook, has Davey Asaph expressing how difficult life can be and how trials and tribulations can deter your journey. The production makes the hard facts of life expressed on this album a bit easier to swallow.
On top of this, Asaph does a great job balancing the heavy tracks with tracks of hope and celebration. One of my favorite tracks on "Never In My Wildest" is "She Mine". It is so rare these days to hear a track in hip-hop where women are the topic and not being objectified. However with "She Mine" Asaph goes to town on our subject's beauty and *gasps* is wanting to provide a healthy relationship and lifestyle for his partner. It's unfortunate we live in a time where this is such a surprise, but it truly was refreshing to hear Asaph take this route on the album.
This was a strong outing from Davey Asaph, being able to cover both sides of the spectrum in being personal and positive. The production is accessible to where you truly can bang it in the whip or the club, BUT if you dig deeper, you'll find a lot of content to absorb and reflect on and I believe that makes this album more than worth listening to. My only beef with the record was that the autotune was a tad overdone, but other than that there's no reason not to scoop this album. You can stream "Never In My Wildest" below, but keep it locked here as we'll be interviewing him later this week.
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