‘One Another Note’ is a hip-hop album by artist ‘Ayeflat’. Throughout the 19 tracks, Ayeflat delivers a variety of flows, performances, and beats making sure the experience remains fresh and unpredictable. Although I was skeptical of the album due to its huge tracklist, I came to enjoy most of the songs and really appreciated the issues and subjects Ayeflat raps about. From soulful beats to modern trap, Ayeflat was able to perform gracefully and deliver his artistic vision.
Starting from Pension, I was mesmerized by the soul sample that utilized buttery smooth vocals in the background. The album starts off strong; Ayeflat wonders about life and his position in the rap game. I found his style to be ambitious and energetic. My main doubt was whether this energy would remain consistent throughout the 19 tracks.
Over the course of the first few tracks, Ayeflat talks about his perceptions of the black community as well as those immediately around him. In Messy, he raps about how he is able to distinguish the real from the fake, as fake people have the habit of occasionally ‘slipping up’. I really liked how he was able to show these concepts in clever and innovative ways. The beat choices have a lot of diversity to them. In Messy he is performing over a bouncy 808-ish beats.
Eliminate boasts a darker bass-heavy vibe. All in all, his ability to adapt his style according to the instrumental was really impressive. Put it on my Life has Ayeflat declaring his commitment to the rap game. It transitions to Eliminate where instantly the atmosphere switches into a darker and gritty one. Here Ayeflat simply wants to get his priorities straight. It’s a personal track with a lot of introspection and self-reflection. I was impressed with Ayeflat’s ability to talk about issues immediate and foreign.
After the first few tracks, Ayeflat continues to expand his subject matter. All the Time deconstructs conventional views on masculinity. He talks about what it means to treat women right and what kind of men they really appreciate. In an era that glorifies the objectification of women, I found this song to be a thoughtful addition to the album.
The next two songs Doves Fly and Treason were very touching and emotionally loaded. Doves Fly is laid over a soulful sample with a slightly nostalgic instrumental. Throughout the song, he calls out the prevailing systemic racism and looks back on his roots. Treason was another strong track that talks about the communal divide and the polarized political climate in the US. It was interesting to see how he was able to relate a fractured US to a fractured black community as well.
The first part of the album ends with Green Lights and is followed by an interlude. The placement of Green Lights was strategic as it alleviated the tension brought about by the previous two songs. Vibes is a slow intimate interlude with heartfelt lyrics.
Clear Skies starts off fresh with a strong African vibe. Its laidback beat is complimented with soulful singing. In short, it’s a trance-inducing song. Black Mamba contrasts this with a modern trap beat. Sweetz has a strong feature and Ayeflatan energetic performance.
Breathe was the first song that sent chills down my spine. Alluding to the infamous murder of George Floyd, Ayeflat delivers a haunting performance throughout the track. The lyrics carry weight to them. In an album that talks about community, I found this addition to be appropriate and very much called for. No Go is a slightly laid-back song featuring Clientell. Clientell’s raw and earthy presence really made the song for me.
Lucky Lady is another thoughtful song that puts women at center stage. Ayeflat talks about the safety of women. It’s a song very much poised towards the community with a positive message. Make a Wish is an introspective track where Ayeflat delves into the realm of fantasy and wishes to have it all. He alludes to his humble beginnings and very much wishes to reach the top of the food chain. Whyte complements the track with his rich feature.
The last three tracks are where the album starts to deliver its final bars and messages. The doubt I had about Ayeflat’s energy and consistency was non-existent at this point. I was surprised to see how consistent his effort was throughout the album. Now u Know was further proof of his energy. The song has a subdued beat and an outlandish performance. Throughout the song, Ayeflat is able to throw clever wordplay. It has the hallmarks of a club banger. Early in the Morn talks at length about Ayeflat’s unwavering work ethic. By waking up early, he is able to achieve what few others do. He showcases his diligence and dedication while also motivating his listeners to follow suit. The album ends with Black Boy which is a strong individual track. Ayeflat talks about his identity and being comfortable in his own skin. He is able to talk about a universal struggle and how he overcame it. I was happy to see how he ended the album with an uplifting track.
All in all, Ayeflat shows how much he cares about his community and those around him. Amongst clever wordplay and bars, he talks about prevailing and polarizing issues. Amongst all of this, there are tracks that are abundant with self-reflection and introspection. Production remains stellar throughout and the experience does not get stale at any point. Ayeflat seems to have a grounded passion for hip-hop.
All in all, I enjoyed listening to this project. If you are looking to hear something different, do give this project a listen!