There seems to be a good chance that the latest album from Matthew Reid could be his best work yet however until his album is actually released this is mere conjecture. The Premature Leak is a preview of a LP titled In The Rain With Dog's, which is dropping sometime this year.
It didn’t take me long to appreciate the direction that Reid was going when I listened to “Another Whack Day.” The production reminded me of Tribe Called Quest in a number of ways. The beat is simple and steady as warm waves create a cool, chill vibe that is easy to enjoy. Reid’s lyrics are loose on this song and go from talking about everything from smoking, to his girlfriend to the ice bucket challenge. He spits, “The TV's and black bats, break shit attack that/ and if they might fight back we'll bomb them like Baghdad. And if i'm coming back again guarantee my niggas free. This ice bucket challenge as I freeze for proceeds/ guarantee that I'm a slave its another whack day yeah.”
As much as I enjoyed the first track, “First Week (Brunette In Jeans)” was even better. The beat and music is hypnotic. It also has a raw almost dirty aspect to it that is hard to pinpoint but I’m sure you will appreciate once you hear it. Reid has some inventive lyrics. One of my favorites was “The philosopher of life, that's my main objective/ I'll sleep in your class, pass the elective.”
“Orange Leaves” is an upbeat, feel good track that is bright and feels like a great summertime jam. Reid seems to be speaking from the third person on this song at times when he raps, “Okay now Matthew spit this flow and Matthew get this doe, your conscience is the door, that will help you see your goal.”
The last song “Janet's Poetic Way” is a tip of the hat to Janet Jackson. He samples her song “That’s the way love goes” and it turns out to be the smoothest track of the four. It’s a very chill song and his delivery is rounded and borderline relaxing.
The Premature Leak plays like a short EP of what we can expect from Reid in the not too distant future. Reid is playing into his strengths and coming into his own.
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