This time around, with the release of this “Dream Journal” EP, Badari explores his subconscious and the results are fascinating glimpses into fear, loss and a search for peace.
It’s a bit like falling down the rabbit hole and a refreshing choice for a rap artist. The music is thoughtful, melodic, with twisted rhythms and gorgeous bells and chimes referencing his Indian heritage, as does some lovely vocal inflexions and vibrato.
There’s a real journey here, from track to track. There’s anger and denial, and a sense of balance and finally some peace, although it’s not too neatly tied. It’s a story within a story. His glorious ethnicity and a lifetime of moving around has given him a unique experience to draw from. Forever the outsider in a country that should embrace the newcomer but often does the opposite.
It’s a challenging listen lyrically. It’s a mirror to this American life seen through his eyes. Badari is undoubtably a poet and there’s so much pain in these lines. But there’s hope too and grace and the sense that there’s much, much more to come. Loved it!!
Producer: tunnA Beatz