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Album of the Week: Jaden

Listen to the American rapper’s sophomore effort, ERYS.

American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor Jaden, formally known as Jaden Smith, unveils his 17-track second album ERYS.

Featuring high-profile collaborations with Tyler, The Creator, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Lido, Trinidad James and his sister Willow, this huge new studio album is the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2017 debut SYRE.

Smith uses the same format for the tracks as he did on his debut, which opened with four tracks spelling out the word BLUE, his sophomore effort spells PINK.

Over the past two years, Jaden also released The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story and SYRE: The Electric Album as well as a recent EP earlier this year titled ERYS IS COMING.

And now it’s here… ERYS is hard-hitting and confident, with tracks like Fire Dept blending fast-paced punk beats and feisty rapping, and R’n’B jam Again featuring producer SYRE, which was released as a single, offering a taste of experimentation.

He told Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show that his two full length albums have two differing personalities, “SYRE is the nice one, kind of more sensitive…and ERYS is just kind of like, doesn’t really care at all”.

There’s lots of sound exploration, with the record hopping between genres and themes. Riot settles as a slow jam while Mission with Trinidad James switches up the beat.

The tracks feel accomplished and explore a variety of themes with Noize feat. Tyler, The Creator and On My Own feat. Kid Cudi being stand-outs. Chateau feat. A$AP Rocky sounds futuristic with layered beats.

The release is packed with high-tempo, commanding rap tracks with unexpected twists and turns and plenty of bass.


Catch Jaden live in the UK at O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on 18 August 2019. [Find Tickets]


Tracklisting:

1. P
2. I
3. N
4. K with Lido
5. Noize ft. Tyler the Creator
6. i-drip-or-is
7. Again ft. SYRE
8. Got It
9. Fire Dept
10. Mission with Trinidad James
11. Summertime in Paris ft. Willow
12. Blackout
13. Pain
14. Chateau ft. A$AP Rocky
15. On My Own ft. Kid Cudi
16. Riot
17. ERYS

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