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Purple: Grass Is Always Greener serves as a segway between Pook Hustle’s debut EP Blue Tape and his upcoming sophomore EP Red Tape. Building on the introspection of the latter and generating anticipation for the former, ‘Purple’ features two songs that muse on the complexities of romantic relations, framed by the perspective of a Black man. The buoyant hook line and dynamic percussion of Sickwitit is paired with the smooth synth and spacey melodies of Budapest on this dual-track project. Both songs feature Pook Hustle’s measured, assured flow that is reminiscent of esteemed hip-hop voices such as Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg and J Cole.
Speaking of the release, Pook Hustle explains: “Purple: Grass is Always Greener is about me coming to terms with my duality. Whether I’m in a relationship or single, I find myself looking at the grass on the other side. Because of that, sometimes I can forget love and become stoic, like in SickWitIt. Other times I find myself floating into a dreamy world with a partner, as in Budapest. Prior to music, I played basketball in college while pursuing education. Every now and then I ponder “What if my career as an athlete worked out? Should I go back to school?” The grass always seems greener, but I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I mention purple in the title because this serves as a bridge between my debut Blue Tape EP & my forthcoming sophomore project Red Tape EP. It’s the balance of Blue’s stimulation and Red’s calm. This project embodies me embracing my darkness and my more romantic side coming to the realization that the two traits can exist within one person.”
When Pook traded the basketball court for a recording studio, he found a new way of channeling his experiences of life as a Black man in the US into captivating energy. This Brooklyn born hip-hop prodigy does not refrain from injecting themes of politics, self-reflection and race into his music. Pook’s authentic lyrics are delivered with agile, nuanced vocals and smooth, chill-hop leaning productions. Although his career as an athlete didn’t go as planned, he’s uncovered an even greater destiny in the music industry, as his versatile and valiant sound is indicative of infinite potential.
Published by Dwayne Smith