The Don Kap has written and recorded an absolute jam with this latest release. Cannot Listen is quick to uplift the listener with a simple yet effective melody-line and a hook that rhythmically entrances from the offset. That intro is perfect in this setting, making sure to utilize the simple strength of a well-crafted and mildly relatable tune to win an audience’s affection.
Following those opening moments, the track offers a fairly spacious beat and a mild sense of darkness on the whole. The verses deal with the details – the fakes, what happened, what the intention is. These near-whispered moments feel like a diary entry of some sort – free-flowing, spontaneous, intimate; believable.
Short lines impress with quirky wordplay and again simple rhymes that blend in well with the mood of the track. The Don Kap doesn’t overdo anything – the music and the performance offer a humble swagger that suits the underlying sentiment well. There’s a sense of fun on occasion, rhyming just to rhyme, but again it fits in with the laid-back confidence and bounce of the music. It also introduces the artist and rapper in a fairly memorable way – not least of all as someone who knows how to write a great hook.
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