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Album Review: Emmanuel by Ameer Vann

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Emmanuel is Ameer Vann's first EP since the departure from BROCKHAMPTON. After accusations were made against him, he eventually left the group. After a year, he has finally come out with a solo project, and he thanks his fans for sticking by him. On this short, six-track EP, there are several emotions he goes through: sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, and many more. Just as expected, this EP ties up some loose ends that die-hard BROCKHAMPTON and Ameer Vann fans were looking for.

The first track is the title track, Emmanuel. Before the EP was available for everyone, Ameer Vann dropped this track as a single. However, a lot of fans had mixed emotions. The beat is very simplistic since it is just pure bass notes repeated throughout the track. Even though the beat is simplistic, you can really feel the emotion he is putting into the track. In this track, he talks about how he has been dealing with depression, even before he left BROCKHAMPTON. He has also acknowledged some of the mistakes he has made when he was younger. As the track progresses, he continues to throw more emotion on the track.

Instrumentally, Pop Trunk has a lot more to offer and is one of the first bangers on the EP. While a lot of fans were disappointed by the instrumentals for the EP, they have been slowly growing on me, especially this track. This track also talks about his ties with religion. Ameer turned to religion to help keep him out of a dark place. However, he has noted that he doesn't think God is always listening to him when he is in that dark place and has suicidal tendencies. At the end of the track, he pays homage to his hometown of Texas and features vocals from Pimp C on International Players Anthem.

Probably the most hard-hitting track on the EP is Glock 19. On this track, he talks about his struggle with drug addiction. Again, he mentions religion on this track. Ameer Vann mentions that the devil has tempted him and that he went back to the path of drug addiction. On the chorus, he talks about how some people like to trash talk others, but once someone fires back at them, they take it back or hide. In the third verse, he mentions the feeling of loneliness. Especially in the age of technology, a lot of people feel lonely, even if they live in a city with over a million people. This is probably due to him leaving BROCKHAMPTON and the group not supporting him.

After that, the EP goes into Los Angeles. Again, this track mentions him when he first moved to Los Angeles with BROCKHAMPTON. The members of BROCKHAMPTON started out around Houston, Texas, but eventually moved to Los Angeles to hopefully boost their career. On this track, he talks about how he lost his friends to Los Angeles, and how they probably were attracted to the money aspect of the band. He also talks about mental illness and how he has spent days in hospitals to treat him.

The next track off the EP is Sunday Night. On the chorus of the track, Ameer states he is on that "kryptonite" which could mean that drugs are his weakness. Besides the chorus, Ameer puts a lot of emotion in the third verse. He takes a jab at BROCKHAMPTON saying that they didn't stick up for him when he needed them most. Also, on the last line of verse three, he says "I got all that gutter and that meaning that they fiending for." That could refer to his fans that miss the old aesthetic that the Saturation trilogy had with Ameer. Now that Ameer is gone, a lot of fans believe that BROCKHAMPTON isn't the same as they used to be.

The last track of the album is Plastic. Another simplistic and quiet track. It's a short track, just under two minutes, but Ameer talks about how people tried to bring him down when BROCKHAMPTON started to grow in popularity. He also talks about being from Houston, and what it was like growing up. Hearing gunshots, issues with the police, and selling drugs were commonplace when he was growing up.

Overall, this album definitely gave a lot of people closure, or more information ever since he left the group and went incognito. Most complaints that I have and others have are some of the instrumentals used on the tracks. While I agree some of them aren't the best, we definitely won't be seeing any BROCKHAMPTON-like instrumentals since he wants to distance himself from the group. Over time, I believe that some of these tracks will grow on me and we will get more high-quality tracks as he progresses through his solo career. Also, let me know what some of your favorite tracks were down below!
Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: Pop Trunk, Glock 19, Los Angeles

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