aaron alexander

The Kansas City, Kansas native speaks for many a soul, anxious and ready to move on.

“We just like minded people trying to make good music.”

Last September may have been my first introduction to Aaron Alexander. It came through a simple peruse of the internet, of many a Soundcloud link and the rapt drums and horns of “Badu2“. There, he said something among many things that stuck out. “We’re just like minded people trying to make good music.” It’s fair to admit that it’s a similar thought process shared by many. But “Badu2” was built completely out of patience. The rotund bass line of “Otherside Of the Game”, the snares that jump around as Badu’s voice gets muffled and chased all over. “All I got is this flow … the song that I spit is the music you feel.”

If 2016 was about Alexander hurling himself into the fury and then slowly backing away then “Sometimes” is him noticing the fury and picking when the time is right to get his feet wet. Much like “Badu2”, there’s a jazzy fusion there. Alexander offers a bit of autobiographical introduction as a “small town boy with big dreams, trying to do big things”. He caters himself to a mindset and a world where death is a high possibility but he’s more consumed with accomplishment. I’ve been there, so many of us have. To us, it’s more than just a Final Fantasy; the choices are just too rich to ignore.

“Sometimes” is him noticing the fury and picking when the time is right to get his feet wet.

“Honestly, I don’t see myself as pessimistic, I’m just telling you how shit is,” he says just as the beat wants to wobble out of frame. There’s no lie in that statement. A lot of people walk the Earth everyday, thinking, hoping and praying for change. That their course in life is pre-determined and they need unlock the code to happiness and prosperity. Alexander isn’t too far off from reality. His rap career hasn’t afforded him the opportunity to do that yet. Or rather, he hasn’t necessarily stood on that precipice yet.

Tonye & Glott!, the producers of “Sometimes” work in such a condensed space here. The beat shifts and slides as Alexander starts ramping up, similar to how he did on “Badu2”. By the time he wants to rage and let out primal screams of hurt, he falls back. Mae C instead does that lifting for him, soothing out whatever edges or flaws he wanted to present to the world. Aaron Alexander is human. He’s a dreamer. And he’s someone to keep watch on considering that he’s from the Midwest. “Sometimes” is now for AA and he’s fully confident to step further into that.

Photo Credit: Shelly Yang, Aaron Randle / The Kansas City Star

About The Author

Brandon Caldwell is the founder & editor-in-chief of Day & A Dream. His work has appeared in VIBE, Complex, EBONY, the Village Voice, the Houston Press, Houston Style Magazine, DJBooth, The Sports Fans Journal, and more. Follow him on Twitter: @_brandoc

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