Ciscero made a Tweet the other day that I think should strike a nerve in the community of black men..
“Just made a song about black men, our mental traumas and how culturally it’s considered not cool to get help over a Sango beat. Living my best life?”
THIS is what we need to hear–more black men being honest about what’s going on inside of them. I think we’ve had the longest run in the history of music in creating records that glorify “the life”. “The life” has only led to drug abuse and conflict, whether it be with the world or with self.
We’re living in a very liberated day & age when it comes to expressing oneself. If we could just get more black men to conform to the idea of being vulnerable rather than allowing their mental calamity to contribute to a narrative of dysfunction, I think we could see a healthy shift in culture.. our culture.
Without taking something too far out of context and missing the point behind this article, much love to MikexAngel for making R&B cool again.. Because it’s no question that your favorite male vocalist is going out of his way to create a thin line between Hip-Hop & R&B.
MikexAngel surfaced around 2015-16 as the pen behind a slew of Trey Songz records, and since then, he’s continued to release music while staying true to his transparent and sensitive sounds. His solo project, NOTHiN2SOMETHiN debuted in 2017, laying the foundation for the sort of honesty the Virginia native intends to relay through his music. Now working on his follow-up body of work slated for release Summer 2018, he drops off likely the first featured single, “Insecure”.
“Insecure” resonates with a mass of listeners amongst this generation who are wandering aimlessly within relationships. In his 2017 interview with iHeartMedia, MikexAngel spoke on how his music elaborates on relationships and the things he’s personally dealt with in his life concerning them.
Insecurities are something we ALL deal with, and they’re usually exemplified through our relationships with others. Honest music like MikexAngel’s new release should encourage men especially to allow themselves the opportunity to face what they’re feeling. The bridge leading into the chorus of the song is a highlight, and one that supports both Ciscero in his aforementioned Tweet, as well as the need for such acknowledgement. Can you please help me? This is not healthy.. What am I looking for? Don’t know what I’m looking for.. We’re both too insecure.. Found out how to hide it more.
I imagine MikexAngel’s new album touching listeners just as Daniel Caesar’s debut Freudian did. The need for pure R&B like “Insecure” and “Best Part” push the narrative for black men and how they channel their emotions. It’s healthy music and I’m here for it, so let’s call for more of our male vocalists to take that stand and let their fans and listeners know it’s time to let down that guard. Despite the popular opinions, it doesn’t make you a sucka’ to embrace your emotions..
Stream MikexAngels’ new single “Insecure” below.