On the first anniversary of his debut album Paradise, Pretoria-born rapper A-Reece released his second album From Me To You and Only You.
A lot has changed since Paradise dropped. Reece is now an independent artist, after leaving the controversial label Ambitiouz Entertainment earlier this year over complications over contracts (or lack of).
Reece has been on a roll this year, with his single ‘Meanwhile in Honeydew’ a deserving contestant for most solid rap song of 2017, which likely comes from working with a producer who understands him and vice versa, frequent collaborator, MashBeatz, who produced a reasonable number of Reece’s hits on Paradise (‘Paradise’, ‘Zimbali’, amongst others).
On From Me To You and Only You, the two start out where they left off with Paradise. Their chemistry is unmatched; Reece is still a sharp lyricist and Mash’s trap still oozes soul with its piano keys over those deep basslines. He produces most of the album, providing varying production styles to fit every song’s mood.
A-Reece also recruits the man of the moment, Zoocci Coke Dope, who contributes a verse – and some production – on the songs ‘7 Days After’ and ‘Cheque’. The album has no famous guest feature, to prove Reece isn’t trying to take the easy way into your heart. Throughout the album, A-Reece tells stories of success, owning his work, and the triumph of being an independent artist.
Unlike Paradise, which was unnecessarily long at 19 tracks and 75 minutes, From Me To You and Only You is a sharp, concise 15 tracks and 45 minutes – and it’s solid, arguably one of the best releases of the year.
A-Reece continues to combine rapping and singing effortlessly, which makes for great listening. This, combined with production that is inspired by both trap and boom bap, yet refuses to be one of either as it leans into its trap sounds, but is far from your typical trap album. It shows growth on both Reece and Mash’s side, as artists who are refining their own sound through the work they release.
Look out for appearances from new talent like Flame, Louw, Enkei, Rowlene and more.
Stream the album on Apple Music here and check out the Whose Tour Is It Anyway with A-Reece below: