Time is of the essence for local rapper Walter Brown. After releasing an EP titled Concrete Rose in October, Brown wastes no time in delivering more where that came from. After dropping the followup, Saturdaze, mixtape earlier this year, Brown is set to release another version of Saturdaze, a 15-track LP that is fully equipped with a blend of R&B, trap, hip-hop, and reggae, creating a stellar soundtrack for your Saturdays.
In the new LP’s, genres intertwine with heavy beats and Brown’s melodic rapping. His trap style is unleashed in “Gang Gang” while his softer R&B side is shown in “Saturdaze,” which features Brown’s mother on backup vocals.
The LP is not pigeonholed to any certain sound. “I don’t want anyone going in and expecting anything besides good music … You’re going to hear me in one song doing dance hall and the next is gonna be trap and upbeat, and you might get a West Coast vibe from another,” says Brown.
A lot of pressure accompanies any musician’s sophomore release. Brown feared that he would be lost in the midst of listener expectations following his previous EP.
“When they first hear your music … they get a certain idea about you and that’s what they hold you to. I didn’t want that to happen with me, I didn’t want someone to say, ‘I heard Concrete Rose and this is what Walter Brown sounds like.’”
So what does Walter Brown sound like? That is a question that can’t be answered easily. In a few tracks, Brown is melodious and soulful, with remnants of a Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment sound. On the flip side, the artist has a ride-or-die vibe in his trap, bass-heavy songs as well as a reggae, dance-hall energy that proves Brown is not a musician who should be categorized.
Saturdaze will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play on Sat. June 24, and Concrete Rose is currently on iTunes and Spotify.
You can catch Brown live on release day this Saturday at Reggae Fusion Day Party at Redux, which kicks off at 4 p.m.