After a mind-blowing debut with the “This Vibe’ Extended Play in 2020, Ladong Eric Emmanuel also professionally known as Drillz continues his streak of EP releases, with High Thoughts being the latest.
The 11-track project follows a titular track that was released April this year ahead of the arrival of the body of work.
High Thoughts houses collaborations from fellow rappers Curtis (on BEASTY), Hxwrd (who appears on the INTRO track, amapaino heavy I SEE YOU DANCING), his late friend Graham Mubanda (Dr. Gray) on Graham’s Skit, SICKO is assisted with vocals from Nsokwa, and Benjee on the closing joint ‘HELLO’ of the 24minute total play time project.
All through lock down this year Drillz churned out a couple of freestyles on his YouTube channel and are later shared via Instagram TV each Saturday as a way exercising his lyrical muscle with Eminem’s “Killer” and Royce Da 5’9’s “Caterpillar” being standouts.
Debuting the EP’s Tracklist, Drillz revealed that the project was a dedication to his late friend, and therefore concluded by encouraging his followers and whoever will listen to the body of work to show love and appreciate those they love when they can still hear and receive their flowers, like I always preach. 😉
Amapiano is currently the fastest spreading genres, and majority of artists are embracing it and this is seen on most of their body of works; from Teni, Davido, to name but a few. On his latest project, Drillz adds that element on track 8 ‘I See You Dancing’.
Drillz also calls for social justice on ‘Where’s the Justice?’ and pays tribute to Mark Mudoola who lost his life in an unfortunate incident at the hand of medical workers in a psychiatric hospital.
High Thoughts the EP takes the listener on a journey of emotional volatility, across all 11 songs as Drillz and collaborators weave a narrative which explores the power of self believe, being confident, pleasure, and being beastly over the bouncy breaks and cinematic sonic beats.
The symbolic artwork for the EP was designed by George Leone Okello of Leone Art.
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