Album Review: Elijah Rosario’s “Genuine Truths”

Elijah Rosario is a singer-songwriter from Durham, North Carolina who, in his 10-year long career has taken influences from many different artists and genres, and being the great storyteller that he is, he paints a great picture of where he’s been and where he intends to go through his music. Two EP’s in, you can really hear the growth in his voice, his sound, his identity, and he really knows how to put on a show.

On his album “Genuine Truths,” which releases on all music platforms on Sept. 29, we hear a mix of R&B, pop, Afro-pop, and hip-hop, being graced with features from hip-hop and R&B artist Voyce, Afro-pop artist Livie, and hip-hop artist Kfreshh. His interchangeability from genre to genre, mixed with a knack for writing some incredibly catchy hooks makes this an album I 100% recommend to anyone reading.

This 10-track album is a quick listen, with each song running around two and a half to three and a half minutes long, but each song is jam-packed with beautiful melodies met with great storytelling.

Rosario’s voice is one of his greatest assets, luring you in with his melodies, and leaving you wanting more and more when each track finishes. His hooks remind me of Don Tolliver, PartyNextDoor, and even DVSN when we begin to hear the more sensual tracks. His music can be easily implemented into any R&B playlist you have, and I have a feeling listener’s ears will perk up every time his music comes on from now on.

The songs that I loved the most on the album so far are “Need Me,” “Movie Star” which features Voyce, and “Best of Me” featuring Livie.

“Need Me” was the first song on the album that really grabbed me, featuring the great writing ability that Rosario portrays so well throughout his music. And again, his hooks boost the replayability of his songs tenfold; creating earworms that will have you singing his songs for days.

“Movie Star” featuring Voyce is a quick 2:33 track that highlights some great production, another great hook, and promotes a great time of hanging out with your friends and living large and unapologetic. This album is full of good vibes and songs to play either while driving around, as party anthems, or even a great addition to some of your more R-rated playlists.

Lastly, “Best of Me” featuring Livie features the most prevalent Afro-pop influences and is arguably one of the best tracks on the album. The sensuality of the lyrics mixed with the groovy production and the beautiful vocals from Livie makes for an incredible track. The two artists flow so well together and I’ve mentioned this multiple times already, but Rosario’s hook comes through as the outright highlight of the song, and one of the best on the entire album.

I highly recommend listening to “Genuine Truths” when it releases on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and listening to all of Elijah Rosario’s music whenever you get the chance. His biggest singles to date are “Need Me” and “Survive” and I can tell that several songs on the album will find their way onto many listener’s favorite playlists.

Written by: Sam Esser

Does an Artist’s Personal Life Matter?

More often than not, when we consume media, whether we listen to a song or watch a movie, it is hard for us to not consciously or subconsciously focus on the artist’s personal life. Or if we do not know much about the artist initially, it is common for the majority of us to Google them and find out about their personal life. Thus this begs the question: does an artist’s personal life matter when consuming their art, or are the two things completely unrelated and should it even be taken into consideration?

I have always felt conflicted with this question, because I am myself guilty of consuming media by people who have in the past or currently do not engage in exemplary behavior. For example, I am open about the fact that I am a huge fan of Woody Allen’s films, and have yet to find a film of his that I dislike. I love the style of his films, the quirkiness and charm of virtually all of the movies that he releases. However, the allegations of child molestation and abuse made against Allen by Dylan Farrow, his former partner Mia Farrow’s adoptive daughter, are no secret. She claims abused her at the age of seven.

On a slightly different note, I have also always been a fan of Chris Brown. I listen to his music all of the time and find him to be extremely talented. However, his personal life is very well-documented and public, and it is no secret that he has in the past been very abusive and hot-tempered, especially against his partners.

So keeping those two examples in mind, I believe that domestic abuse and child molestation (as well as other such despicable acts) are inexcusable and disgusting, and should not be overlooked when we look at an artist, no matter how much we admire their work. Choosing to ignore such behavior perpetuates this idea that it is not a big deal and that it is virtually okay for things like this to happen. This behavior becomes normalized, which is one of the many reasons victims don’t come out and speak out about their abuse: they feel like they won’t be believed, virtually no action will be taken against their perpetrators, and/or people in power can get away with anything. Just look at the cases of Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, as well as a stream of other rich public figures that are in positions of power.

Thus, all in all, although I’m guilty of supporting problematic artists, I now do realize that it is hypocritical on my behalf. While an artist and their art are technically separate things and one has nothing to do with the other, in the grand scheme of things, supporting one’s art is supporting an artist, both monetarily and politically. So with that being said, if you truly stand against the terrible things that an artist does, but then you go out to watch their latest film or you stream their newest track, you are inadvertently letting them get away with it and furthering the power that they hold .

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