By: Kaleb Bronson
Smooth, silky and sleek, Lizea Harper’s first solo EP, Build New has a feminist/activist hip-hop thrust and truth-be-told stories that bring recollection to surface of her raw, real lyrical content.
The crisp emotional landscape of this six-song EP is soft yet stable. Harper’s soulful R&B tone combined with her clear abilities to spit rhymes flows through each track, mixing many layers with the help of Bmbu, Wesley Opus & Antioch on the production and recording of the record.
The introductory song “The Difference” is calming, but lyrically focused. The almost effortlessly sounding flow is easily digested and tranquil. This track sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Each song gently transitions into the next, with low tempo beats and velvety glossed concepts. Approaching track five, “Who Am I,” the listener is given a creamy idea of who Harper truly is. “Do what we want, give what we give, we don’t need another way to live,” she spits fluently. “I can never comprise who I am…,” Harper later states to close out the track.
These six-songs are only a tease to what is to come, I hope. Harper has a straightforward and accessible style which opens her sound to many hip-hop and R&B crowds.
Build New is simply a taste of a blooming artist, Lizea Harper is genuine with her lyrics, sincere with her style and palpable with her beats and production. Let’s hope more is placed on the proverbial hip-hop platter in the near future.