CURRENT: Shamir – “On the Regular”

While “If It Wasn’t True” put Shamir on the map, his first offering as a member of the XL roster, “On the Regular”, puts him on more of a topographic map, revealing more about Shamir as an artist. He raps on the track, showing an assured confidence that is far removed from the twitchy “True”. Sonically, the song falls somewhere between Le1f and Azealia Banks, while lyrically and aesthetically, he appears to operate with a full palette of colors, using humor and aggression to create a fascinating portrait. “Yes, I’m never ending / Call me pi,” goes one memorable couplet near the song’s opening, while the bridge finds Shamir warning, “Don’t try me, I’m not a free sample.” If you want Shamir, you’re going to have to take it all. With “On the Regular,” Shamir draws a line in the sand. Either you’re with me, or you’re not. 

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