There are artists who I’ve come across over the years who I refer to as “total packages”
These artists vary in skillsets, but largely I’ve tagged them as such because of their uncanny ability to present a complete offering to the listener.
Total packages aren’t just great articulators or don’t just have dope production, but they’re a combination of both and then some. Because of how they do what they do, they’re able to bridge across certain gaps and can present content to any audience, effectively.
Paul Hernandez can fall into this space.
Not originally from the states, you can tell Paul (formerly Dezcry, an 18-year-old Rapzilla Freshmen of the year in 2012) has a plethora of influences that help concoct the sound of his latest release, Deeper Things.
The five-song EP is seemingly bent on making sure that everyday topics and themes of this life that aren’t generally addressed in music get addressed.
The production on Deeper is lively and quite masterful in the way that it interweaves different genres within the same song, something not every artist is able to pull off. Vibrant tracking, engaging melodies, and hard-hitting kicks, along with extremely well-done mixing and mastering, make for the perfect backing of practical content offered on Deeper.
There is, however, some familiarity throughout the project on a couple of the records, as CHH frequenters will notice the piercing guitar lead on the title track (from DA’ TRUTH’s “Would You Love Me” record) or the pulsing dirtiness of Manana’s lead sample (KB’s “I’m So Free“). What makes it ok that Paul covered these records (whether knowingly or not, we’re not sure) is that aside from the noticeable differences in content, musically these tracks go places you don’t anticipate.
A stand out record for me on the EP is A Little Bit, a song that addresses and deals with our human frailties and our inherent need to depend on a power that is not our own. We’re not as smart and capable as we’d like to think, and this record pulls off bringing our attention to that with strong cadences, layered production, and intimate vocal execution.
Paul raps well, no doubt about that; he sings well, also.
But what Paul does even better is communicate, which should be a primary goal of every artist, especially those of us who claim to rep The Kingdom and its King. While I would have enjoyed a few more clearly stated references to GOD and JESUS, there are parts of this body of work that are unmistakably and unequivocally about our LORD.
Deeper Things stays away from surface talk and is a refreshing dive into Faith in everyday application. Enjoy!
Take a listen to ‘Deeper Things’ by Paul Hernandez below and hit the comments to give us your thoughts! What track stood out to you? How do you rank the project compared to others that have dropped in CHH this year?