TDE’s REASON Bares His Soul in a Intensely Lyrical New Track.
A master of wordplay who perfectly modulates his delivery to suit his meaning, L.A. native REASON only speaks the truth. Raising his pen game on a beat-shifting new single, REASON lays out his mission statement on “The Soul Pt. 2.”
Produced by PRODUCER, “The Soul Pt. 2” is bisected into distinct sections, the first section finds the deep-thinking rapper weaving his way between plaintive pianos and synths that phase in-and-out, while the second half shifts gears into a more propulsive mood, marked by smoothly sliding bass and cross-stick percussion.
After delighting himself with twisty wordplay in the song’s initial movement, the Top Dawg Entertaiment signee strings syllables together with a rising intensity in the song’s second, making it clear that he’s not one to be slept on: “I’m having issues cause Moose and Keem keep preachin’ ‘you can’t move around solo no more, you gettin’ bigger’/Yeah, I been gettin’ bigger, so much bigger that my ego see my body and it’s struggling to fit up in it,” spits REASON. Laden with references to superheroes and dripping with a palpable hunger for success, “The Soul Pt. 2” is the start of a new chapter for the 29-year-old rapper, a chapter in which his years of hard work pay off and he can make the people who believe in him proud.
“The Soul Pt. 2” is REASON’s latest single in a busy 2020, which included four new singles and some standout collaborations with his TDE labelmates. In May, REASON connected with ScHoolboy Q for “Pop Sh*t,” a hard-hitting street slapper that generated over 3.8 million Spotify streams. Earlier in the year, REASON dropped “Trapped In,” an oh-so-L.A. collaboration with Ab-Soul and Boogie, and turned heads with the jazzy and deeply personal “Might Not Make It.”
“The Soul Pt. 2” is the sequel to “The Soul,” a 2018 single that summed up REASON’s state of mind as he approached the release of debut album There You Have It. REASON’s “The Soul” series is a companion piece to “The Heart,” a series of scene-setting lyrical exercises by his TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar. REASON releases installments of “The Soul” at pivotal moments in his career–stay tuned for imminent announcements about REASON’s next moves.