Rejjie Snow, the Irish hip hop artist from Dublin, takes a step into what seems to be his inevitable future in his first full-length release. Since releasing his debut EP, Rejovich, fans have been clamoring for his long-awaited debut album. While the latest offering may not be an official album release, the The Moon & You debut mixtape contains more than enough substance to confidently stand on its own.
Rejjie Snow’s latest pays homage to his early beginnings and influences while also exploring newfound territory. From the outset of The Moon & You, Rejjie makes reference to Wu-Tang Clan, as well as pivotal moments of his upbringing, which served as much of the main focus for his earlier releases. However, Rejjie makes it clear that he is beyond the tribulations of the past and has his gaze locked onto the future.
Not content to merely rest on his laurels or predecessors, he seamlessly shifts from these retroactive references into a production and lyrical fluidity not heard on his earlier releases. The underlying experimentation with production styles that emanates throughout the mixtape is one of its strongest suits, and it is utilized intelligently and sparingly so as not to allow listeners to find a moment to grow tired or overly-familiar with what is coming next.
The most dramatic and quintessential moment of experimentation comes from the standout track, “SUNNY CALIFORNIA.” Rejjie shifts back and forth between spitting verse and an auto-tuned counterpart, evocative of earlier hip hop artists like Quasimoto. He calls forth an idyllic presentation of California before enveloping himself in a hypnotic deluge of electric guitars through the last half of the song. The song reverberates out a powerful catharsis of emotion, signifying that moment of finally reaching an ideal, envisioned far-off destination.
Yet, a couple songs earlier you can find “PURPLE TUESDAY,” reminiscent of the stylings present on Rejjie’s debut release which highlights the harsher realities of life. Snow also employs powerful features from both Joey Bada$$ and Jesse Boykins III, as well as Dana Williams and Julian Bell who transform “PINK FLOWER” into a smooth R&B style production.
Despite the lack of clear cohesion on The Moon & You, the debut mixtape never feels disjointed. Instead, it all feels like the natural evolution and progression of Rejjie Snow as an artist. He takes what made him who he is and couples it with his vision for the future. The Moon & You is simultaneously an applaud to the hip hop world that he originally entered and a declaration of where he sees himself headed–which, if this mixtape is any indication, is poised towards even greater heights.