“MY SIDE” by “STB DEE JAY FEAT HOTBOY WES” is a song that brings about a unique meeting of genres in a way that seems all at once nostalgic and previously unheard. “MY SIDE” could be described as an awesome track to all the audience out there, though there’s a hip hop or even rap energy to the riffs and the sheer velocity of the rhythm on occasion.
The musical atmosphere allows you to escape, allows your mind to wander, then consider these ideas and to attempt to come to some sort of conclusion as to what it all means and how it relates to oneself. This is when music or lyricism, in particular, gets interesting, when it stems from personal experience, yet it reaches out and connects with various other pathways, various other individuals, who then form their own stories and thoughts within it.
When you listen to it loud, which you should – the music has power. The track is addictive in the feeling it gives you as everything storms into place. The final third is loaded with every bit of fire and electronic passion possible, yet it comes as this complete, effective wave of energy. It’s a professionally, skillfully, creatively collected group of sounds and samples that might not otherwise have seemed likely to work, but they do. They work beautifully. The thickness of the music surrounds you and at full volume the experience is otherworldly.
As a complete piece of music the sound is gorgeously atmospheric, and only when you seek to explore the lyricism and the depth of its concept do you realize how much more there is to appreciate. There’s an underlying hopefulness or optimism to the song, a consistent thread of positivity that breathes new life into the music and offers a helping hand to those who are struggling with their day or with their current moment in life. There’s also a huge amount of character to the leading vocal performance, and this makes it something brand new, something real to connect with.
Structurally there’s a whole lot to appreciate about this release, and that adds a lot of value. Rather than rapping over some disconnected backdrop, or making things overly personal or inaccessible, the audience has been considered at every step, yet not to the disadvantage of the track’s individuality. It’s a perfect balance. The intensity is heavy and the personality is clear, the music builds and builds, develops and evolves, captivating you at every step and drawing you in further and further until the soundscape erupts into this manic and rhythmic, show-stopping hip hop moment.