In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
Gypsy – “Made of Steel”
How We Found It
I first came across “Made of Steel” through our portal at SubmitHub. The track was labeled as “conscious hip-hop”, citing J. Cole, Logic, and Kid Cudi as inspirations – although I think these context clues do not even come close to doing the track justice.
What We Like
Right off the bat, I was impressed by Gypsy’s vocal presence on “Made of Steel”. Despite the beautiful guitar sample and full production in the background, she makes it clear from the very beginning that her voice is the centerpiece of this song. Her delivery on the verses is strong and clear, with powerful inflection that brings tangible emotion to nearly every bar. She only seems to get better with each verse, both in terms of flow and lyrical content. But the real thing that stands out about this track is just how versatile her voice is: very rarely do you come across a rapper that you haven’t heard of who can pair memorable flow with the ability to belt out a hook like this.
From the Artist
The rap manifested before the hook in “Made of Steel”. I don’t write my lyrics before hand. I let the beat speak to me, and I put on headphones and let my soul pour from my mic. This beat was special and brought out beautifully painful lyrics of strength. I’m grateful every time I write because I truly feel blessed on that mic!” – Gypsy
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