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Review: Trebor – ‘Midnight Mindset’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Trebor – ‘Midnight Mindset’

Born as Robert Jude Abramson, Trebor grew up in the neon lights of Union City, New Jersey and quickly took to writing. An outlet and a hobby, writing became one of his favourite pastimes, and even while in school he was busy penning plays and short stories, honing his craft and laying the foundation for what was to come. At the age of eight, Trebor began to link his writing with music, crafting his first songs for fun with basic rhymes, simple beats, and no plans on making them public. It was a chance encounter with the rappers Eminem and Kendrick Lamar that showed Trebor that you can do much more with words than he had previously thought.

Hearing those artists was a wake-up call for Trebor, and from that moment on his music became a real focus for him, a catalyst through which he could make his mark and connect with an audience. With a new passion and refreshed perspective, Trebor refined and improved his craft until he was finally ready to release his first single, with ‘I Wish’ appearing online back in 2018. Since then, Trebor has seemingly gone from strength to strength, and now he’s set to impress with the release of his debut album, ‘Midnight Mindset’.

A collection of fourteen tracks, including previous singles ‘Happy Today’, ‘I Wish’ and ‘Soaring, the new album weaves together forty-seven minute of tight rap lyrics and heavy beats, showcasing Trebor’s talents in a surprising vision of his very own making. Written with distinct form and character, ‘Midnight Mindset’ is purpose built to show Trebor’s versatility and multi-faceted style, filling the airwaves with layers of complex lyrics, emotive delivery, and distinct, textured instrumentals.

Opening track ‘Next Up’ is an all guns blazing anthem of quick-fire delivery and aggressive verse, setting a hardline tone making sure the listener knows what’s coming next. Previous single ‘Happy Today’ is a more melodic affair, bringing the guest vocals of Breana Marin to the fore, while tracks like ‘Pep Rally’ and ‘Cut Off’ go far showing off Trebor’s talent for more narrative-driven lyrics and standing by core themes.

Impressively, the album isn’t all just about Trebor’s rap skills, and tracks like ‘Society’ and ‘Stopped Breathing’ use some flourishes of classic audio and chilling piano to carve their own path and counter his more contemporary flow. Lyrically, the album sees Trebor at his best, pushing his own agenda and looking to stand against some of the messages present in mainstream rap, even to the extent that he includes a tongue-in-cheek skit in the form of ‘Rip That’ featuring Stefano.

Lyrically and musically dense, ‘Midnight Mindset’ is an album that has been built with a purpose, and while the styles might change and evolve with each song, there is a constant and cohesive underpinning that brings it all together. Leaning on his previous singles and pushing his own agenda with a cacophony of new sounds, you would be hard pressed to hear ‘Midnight Mindset’ and not leave impressed. For a debut, it’s a powerful release, one that’s sure to find its place in the rap scene and one that’ll keep impressing for years to come.

You can stream or purchase ‘Midnight Mindset’ now on a variety of major platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play.

Score: 8/10

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