EP Review | SeKwence – WHAT THE HELL GOIN’ ON?

This extended play was released on August 21st this year. I don’t really have much background information about this project to be honest. The only thing I really know about it is that it’s entirely produced by Ruci. I loved SeKwence’s album from earlier in the year, BLOOM, so if this EP is anywhere near as good as that one I’ll be satisfied. I think Ruci did some work on that album, so that’s probably a good sign.

There aren’t any songs that I don’t like from this project, so I’ll just talk about the whole thing in the proper order of the track listing. The opening song is called Omnibus 1978, and it features an artist named Barry Marrow. I think it’s a pretty good track. My favorite aspect of it is definitely the smooth production from Ruci. There’s only one verse on the song from SeKwence, but it’s pretty solid. I just don’t know what Barry Marrow did on this song. I swear the only voice I heard throughout the track was that of SeKwence. Maybe Barry provided some additional instrumentation or something. I don’t know. Anyway, I think the song is pretty good, although it isn’t exactly one of my favorite tracks. The second song, Off the Grid, is much better to me. Once again, Ruci really impressed me. I think this beat is fantastic. It kinda reminds me of the instrumental from Chance the Rapper‘s Paranoia, except it’s way less depressing. SeKwence isn’t exactly a good vocalist, but I think his singing sounded pretty dope on the intro. It just fits the atmosphere of the song, y’know? His flow on the actual verse sounds amazing over this beat too.

They feelings fake, it's all façades
They hide emotions like it's camouflage
I'm comin' live from Babylon

The synths that come in after the verse sound fucking awesome. SeKwence’s voice just fits over this super mellow instrumental perfectly in my opinion. I think this song is dope as hell. I love it. Track 3 is called Floater, and the production from Ruci is really great once again. I think this might actually be the prettiest beat on the whole project. It sounds like a sunset in the form of music. The first verse from SeKwence is nice too. I definitely think the second verse is better though. Nothing in particular about the song really blew me away, but I definitely enjoyed it. Especially that beat. It’s a dope song. The following track is a major highlight called Gimme Some Space. I love the bouncy production, and the hook from Norfside Shae is catchy as fuck. His flow on the first verse gave me the coveted involuntary head nod as well. I love his performance here. I was pretty confused when the song ended though because SeKwence is ostensibly absent. He didn’t rap on the song at all or even have any ad-libs, unless I’m missing something. I think he would’ve sounded really dope over this beat even though I haven’t ever heard him rap over anything like that. It’s cool we got this Norfside Shae song though, especially since it’s so good. I think it’s dope af. The penultimate song is called Gold Fronts, and the piano-driven production from Ruci here is gorgeous. I also think this song has one of SeKwence’s best performances on the project. There’s only one verse on the song, but it’s very good. Same goes for the hook. The song really isn’t structured any differently from all his other tracks on this project now that I think about it. It’s still very dope though. I fuck with it. The closing song is called LoveSong/DrugSong, and it’s amazing. It’s co-produced by manwithnoface, so that’s probably why the beat ended up being so phenomenal. The first verse from SeKwence is great, and the guest verse from Hand$ome Handgun was also pretty nice. The only aspect of the song that I didn’t actually like was the feature from Tina. Her background vocals sounded oddly off key. Everything else about the track is really awesome though. I definitely think SeKwence had the better verse, but the feature did his thing too. The song is dope as hell to me.

This EP is pretty great. In fact, I think I might actually like this a little bit more than his BLOOM album. I definitely think that project is a better entry point for new listeners, but this project really just hits you with a quick batch of great songs. It’s a lot like that recent Backxwash EP in that regard. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. All killer and no filler. I think Ruci’s production is stupendous on this project to be honest. I love these beats. It would be cool if some of the songs were a bit more fleshed out, but the somewhat skeletal structure of a lot of them didn’t actually bother me that much. SeKwence has already released more music since this EP came out, so this isn’t even his latest release. I’m glad I finally checked it out though because there’s not a single track here that I don’t care for. It’s really dope. Check it out.



Grade: B+


    • I’ve been super busy with school so I haven’t been able to write for a couple weeks. It’ll be up hopefully in the next couple weeks. This review and the next one I’m ’bout to post on Wednesday are older ones that I had written and just decided to post.

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