Nojo Wallace 'Billy' EP Review

Arlington, Texas-based artist and producer, Nojo Wallace, is one of the few that still put the pen to the pad without delay! Throughout his music, Wallace often tells a tale through versatile approaches. The themes at hand revolve around personal upbringings, societal issues, love, lust, and remaining focused in a world full of quick distractions. His new 5-track album, Billy, is easy to get lost into as it carries appeasing beats and solid rhymes. In all of its 14-minute glory, Billy sees Wallace remaining poise, despite the shade or fakes he encounters. The album also explores Wallace being head-over-heels for a special someone and honing into his craft. Likewise, Billy addresses those who are wishy-washy or try to throw dirt on his name.

Nevertheless, he says that he'll stop at nothing until its HIS time to shine. Wallace's ultimate goal is to top the charts and to make sure he and his loved ones are taken care of. Per Wallace's press release, "[Wallace] focuses on "making timeless music rather than music that is of its time." Standout tracks include "Billy," "Big Mood," and "Foster Elementary." The other tracks, "KO" and "Close To Me" deserves some spins as well. These two songs consist of jazzy-like production and soulful vocality. By the end of Billy, I can assure you that Nojo Wallace will be in your "Top 5" list.

With no assistance from a hook or background vocals, Nojo Wallace delivers a slew of bars in "Billy." Over the thumping bass, sporadic hi-hats, and dwindling recording, "Billy" sees Wallace unbothered by guys who, as he puts it, try cramping his style like that time of the month. Granted that riches come with envy, Wallace chooses to ignore the negative energy and instead, focus on the positives that his career has brought him. Because of his new success, Wallace provides him and his loved ones with the best things in life, like money and exclusive drip. As the song continues, Wallace also unveils that if an issue occurs with these smack-talkers, he isn't afraid to handle it. After all, why should he be worried? They aren't on the same level as him anyways. Amid the middle of "Billy," Wallace goes to prove he's humble with this one-liner, "Young Billy the goat in my city, but I ain't really want to boast." Wallace even adds that this year, he's coming different. Before the song ends, the rapper says he's going to be putting in OT on the rhymes until he makes it to the top of the charts. Wallace also unveils in a fast flow that he's been making music since 8-years-old. Coupled with this hard work ethic, Wallace plots on being on the music industry's top 5 list. One notable punchline goes, "A whole bunch of squares in your circle, your niggas a waffle."

"Big Mood" sees Wallace laying out rhymes over an intimidating yet light arranged soundscape. Contrary to "Billy," Wallace is assisted by a catchy chorus. Likewise, he adds in deep-toned back vocals that seep in now and then. Using a flow resonate with Big Sean's, Wallace talks about him and his friends getting no shut-eye until they accomplish their goals. No matter the obstacle, the close-knit group plans on keeping their faith alive. Amid the shade, Wallace breaks through and gets to work. Deeper into the song, Wallace explains that he's only focused on honing into his craft, giving it all to the one up high, and getting to the Benjamins. The reason being, he wants everyone he loves to eat! As Wallace puts it, he flexes hard in a "resurrection flow" The beat consists of piano keys, open hi-hats, and different synths.

Lastly, "Foster Elementary" explores Wallace's mindset as he stays on his P's and Q's. In the beginning, he immediately calls the bluff of those who are "faking the funk." Between lyrics, Wallace reveals that he's encountered fugazies amid making it. Because of his newfound success, Wallace has garnered much wealth and other tremendous opportunities. Towards the second-minute mark, "Foster Elementary" takes a calmer approach to Wallace's scathing bars. He admits that he "tried to play it cool, be the friendly dude," but others pushed his buttons way too much. Now Wallace is on an "if you ain't kin, you an enemy" mind state. Overall, the song carries numerous witty punchlines and sees Wallace oscillating between a rapid and no-nonsense delivery. One punchline that sums up "Foster Elementary" to a tee is "They don't really want no beef, and that's word to vegans."

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By: Natalee Gilbert

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