Earl Dawgit has become known for his zany, emotive and highly experimental pop rap bangers, many of which were found on his magnum opus Cartoon World. With just six weeks passed since the release of this beautifully constructed set of tracks, he’s decided to hit us with another one of his greatest songs to date. ‘Smile on My Face’ is a must listen for fans of Plug&B, as Earl delivers both amazing vocals and production that toes the line between serenity and catharsis.
At a sharp two minutes, this song is longer than many songs from Cartoon World yet retains many of their key features: synth-drowned hooks and pounding, cataclysmic drums. Self-produced as with much of his music, ‘Smile’ demonstrates Earl’s two key skills in equal measure. The beat that he used for the track is hard and heavy, reminiscent of the intensity of Cartoon World highlight ‘Puppet’. The RBIM member has always been a good singer, but with ‘Smile on My Face’ he’s really outdone himself in the vocal department. The verse in particular features an outstanding performance, Earl’s voice bleeding into the track melodic mainframe as the emotional resonance of his sound reaches its peak.
Although he has plenty of full-length material to explore, I am equally excited for Earl’s future as an artist. With songs like this being dropped with less fanfare than his albums, I am interested in where this sound will take the Baton Rouge rapper-producer in the coming months.
Listen to the song below.
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– Chris (@108seraph)