Lyric Michelle - My Pain (f. Jack Freeman)

Lyric Michelle is an artist before she’s anything else. Doesn’t matter if she’s singing, rapping, painting, or simply rocking an open mic, the Houston-hailing performer is an artist in all things.

Which is why it’s not entirely surprising that the newest single from Lyric, “My Pain,” blurs the lines between being spoken word and pure rap. “My Pain” showcases two sides of Lyric – the pure spitter who starts things out with a blistering flow as she rattles off her insecurities and frustrations; and the more calm and collected lyricist who slows it down so that the rest of us can keep up with her.

Houston crooner Jack Freeman holds things down on the hook, playing a role similar to that of Vic Smitty on Jay Rock’s “The Message” by playing the tortured soul alongside Lyric, seeking a light in the darkness. Texas Southern University alum and renowned spoken word artist Donte Newman makes a cameo towards the end, daring to provide reassurance after all that has preceded him. Lay all this out over Chris Rockaway’s sweeping instrumentation, that relies on a piano, strings, and an organ, and “My Pain” is a five-minute blues-gospel exorcism that’s only missing a chaise longue.