“Alleyway” feat. Aria Zenua, Jon Hope, & Shad
“Cliches & Trends” feat. Da Truth
Toronto is known for a certain sound when it comes to hip-hop. That sound is whatever Drake is making at the moment. When you get to hear an artist from that area that’s doing their own thing though, and making an impact, it’s pretty amazing. Meet Promise who released his Tellavision project earlier this year. The five track EP showcases his songwriting skills as well as giving you a self-empowerment vibe throughout.
While the project is only five songs, things get started with a bang on the Crystal Nicole featured “Right Now”. The chorus becomes repetitive by the third time you hear it but it’s a strong statement to start off the EP, sharing the good word and trying to bring you motivation with it’s message of be the star that you were meant to be.
The production on “Why Don’t You” takes away from the quality of the song’s message of staying patient in love and not playing yourself. Don’t ever play yourself. Ever. While we hit a speedbump with this track, things pick up for the last three. “Alleyway” is by far the best track on the project overall. The production speaks to you with it’s melody, beautiful chorus, and traditional style of hip-hop. Each verse is filled with a story as Promise, Jon Hope, and Shad all hook it up and bring their A game for this track.
Tellavision is filled with powerful lyrics that will motivate you to do better. The finale of “Who You Are” features a plethora of names you know and is beautiful from start to finish. This one has features from Montell Jordan, No Malice, and MC Jin with No Malice stealing the scene and giving us more insight as to why he walked away from his previous life to serve the Lord. MC Jin finishes things off with a potent verse as well before the instrumental comes in with some screams and harmony that carry us to the end of the project.
If you have 30 minutes to spare, I recommend giving this project a listen. You’ll be motivated after hearing a few of the songs on here and you’ll also appreciate Promise for bringing a different sound from the Toronto area. It’s hard to compete when the most popular hip-hop artist is from your backyard but if you stay in your lane, like Promise has done with Tellavision, you’ll get recognition and shine as well.
3.5 out of 5