'when i was seven' is a powerful piano and rap driven autobiography of growing up in a broken household. Through the song's narrative, we hear the artist recounting his childhood, and slowly understand the struggles of the mother in trying to and eventually leaving the family - but also the artist, left behind to pick up the pieces. Reminiscent of eminem's 'mockingbird', the confessional tone of the song draws listeners in and lends itself to repeat listens.
i think it's always hard to be honest with yourself. but when i listen to this, to yams– i want to be honest with myself and confront my fears.
Yams nails it with his tight production and effortless lyricism in When I Was Seven, taking listeners through the pain, revelation, and struggle of his personal trauma. His bold vulnerability and ability to craft a visceral narrative makes him one to watch out for. I can’t wait to hear more!
When I Was Seven is a masterful tightrope act: yams puts just enough of himself out there that we trust him, but holds enough back such that we start to wonder what happened when we were seven, or eleven, when we stopped questioning the way that it works.
yams' lyricism stands out in When I Was Seven, as his sincerity and honesty powerfully transports listeners through the melancholy that accompanies personal tragedy. The music production lends itself beautifully to the power of the lyrics by presenting a more contemplative narrative rather than one that is overly-dramatic, emphasizing the ongoing nature of personal tragedy. I am excited to witness the rise of such a thoughtful artist.
yams' lyrical prowess is matched only by his ability to craft a story. In When I Was Seven, he takes us through a journey, filled with hopes and disappointments, without ever dropping the rhythm and flow of the song. It's one thing to craft a certifiable earworm that wiggles into your head, it's another to craft a narrative that echoes on the inside of the skull. Long after my first listening of When I Was Seven, I was humming the tune to its chorus while reliving the emotional experience the song brought me through. This ability to mine his personal experiences and transform it into such an eloquent and powerful song suggests only good things for the future of this young singer-songwriter.