R.A.N.S.O.M is a rapper from Sacramento, California who is steeped in the history of Hip-Hop and R&B. He grew up with an appreciation for all music thanks to his mother who was also a singer. She turned him on to artists such as the Jacksons, The Sylvers, Smokey Robinson, The O’Jays and many more.
Eventually he found Hip-hop through the work of the genre’s legendary pioneers like The Sugar Hill Gang and LL Cool J. Inspired by their music, he began his musical career in the late 1980’s. He took an extended hiatus through the late 90’s and early 2000’s but he’s been back. And he has been back at it for the better part of a decade.
“Bang” is the latest single from R.A.N.S.O.M’s 2020 album, “All My Life.” The song opens with a dramatic minor key string and keyboard arrangement which becomes the main riff of the track. Shortly the intro transitions into a smooth, melodic R&B chorus. The singer’s soulful vocals set the theme of the track as he sings, “Bang bang, just like the headboard hitting up against the wall, or letting shots off like a cannonball.”
From there the singer drops into a laid back, melodic rap style. He recounts scenes from his life and neighborhood over a cool, funky but chill old-school beat. Lyrically R.A.N.S.O.M makes clever and insightful observations about the world around him without coming off as critical or judgmental. He is just looking at what he sees and telling it like it is, like a guy who has learned that sometimes it’s enough just to make it through the day. As he says, “Keep in mind I ain’t perfect, I just write tight verses.”
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