This Sonic Breakdown will cover Boogie’s mixtape The Reach. This is my first complete introduction to this young new artist. I briefly heard a few tracks from his mixtape Thirst 48 that was released last summer thanks to my friend O. I didn’t hear enough to develop an opinion about his music and style at that time. Today’s Breakdown will be presented as a conclusion on The Reach mixtape as a whole.
It is clear that meticulous attention was paid to every sonic property and emotional tone, conveyed in a particular manner to provide a unique listening experience, which shows an abundance of maturity. The mixtape starts with a dark, mournful, slow sample of a song that I can’t name, but that I’ve heard before, and it adds a soulful feel. Boogie explains that reaching for something might not be the best approach, especially when going for something that is undeniably out of your reach without putting in the time and effort to draw it in closer to make it obtainable. This mixtape has excellent instrumentation that is usually reserved for an album. It is unusual for a mixtape in the aspect of how sophisticated and thoughtful the approach was to make a complete concept. This is best expressed through each song’s clean and clear direction toward creating a complete cohesive project. There is an easy vibe to the listening experience, which doesn’t mean that his flow is elementary or simple because it is still intricate and creative. As great as the instrumentation is, the lyrics, concept, and songwriting skills are equal in quality. He maintains a California style that is still inclusive to other areas across the nation. In tracks like “First Evergreen,” Boogie uses a mix style that can be associated with a Southern style of flow over a nontraditional hip-hop beat. The album as a whole is very introspective while simultaneously having areas of mass appeal that can be applied to society as a whole. He brings you into his world of living in California, trying to making his dreams come true, navigating through the afflictions and adversity he has to go through to make those dreams happen while just trying to live in this world. The album has a nice balance of hard-hitting beats and gangsta aggression mixed with consciousness and soul. This a complete album that has a little something for every occasion, from thought provoking, party, and chilling with your lover to invoking social change, giving this mixtape high replayability. This mixtape has me anxious to see what Boogie can do on an official studio-released album because of his attention to sonic details. Thanks again to iloveslump for the suggestion check out his instagram page here.
Next week’s Breakdown will cover a new female artist, Dej Loaf, and her extended play release #And See That’s the Thing.