by Thomas Bedward August 01, 2020
Over the last year, we’ve become well acquainted with the unique medley of sounds, styles, and rampant energy that DMV native Erik Jerrod brings. A sharp and uncompromising performer, he’s become one of the most intriguing independent talents on our radar, combining poetic realism with skilled beats and instrumentals that perfectly reflect his own skills behind the microphone. After two stellar back-to-back releases in ‘4 Ever Driven’ and ‘Still Holdin’ On’, Erik is back with his third studio album, expanding his horizons and reaching out once more with ‘Let Whoever Think Whatever’.
An expansive collection of twelve original cuts, ‘Let Whoever Think Whatever’ boasts an impressive list of guest talents including features from Chelly The MC, who recently worked with rising rap star Daimo on ‘Rapper Gas’, Mrk SX, Marli X, Chrystian, and J-Bone, along with a duo of skits by Monchelle. A project that took a year to complete, ‘Let Whoever Think Whatever’ continues to develop Erik’s evolved street sound, bringing to light hard-hitting verse and finely cultivated beats that will impress and entertain in equal measure.
Opening cut ‘New Levels New Devils’ pulls no punches, hitting hard with an unrelenting stream of stripped-back beats and quickfire vocals. It’s a sharp and fiercely calculated opening track proving that Erik is putting everything he’s got into his latest release. The title track hits next, offering a layered rap sound that flows with a nuanced soul sound and authentic street energy, setting the stage perfectly for ‘Legacy’ and ‘Hall of Fame’.
Even at the halfway point, it’s easy to see that everything about Erik’s latest release has been elevated, bringing the levels, production, and power to a whole new realm. The harder sounds and seamless features set the perfect platform for Erik’s lyrics and delivery, continuing to blend his motivational style with an authentic sense of style.
Available now on all major platforms, ‘Let Whoever Think Whatever’ is easily his most distinguished and important release to date, creating a rich tapestry of modern sounds and golden age spirit that flows with ease and effortless cool. A quintessential DMV release, Erik’s third album perfectly encapsulates the style and sound of the area, making it totally unmissable listening.
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