Reviewing Jeisie Bassie's '20 Stitches'

A brand new discovery of great artistic promise

The lyrics of this song tells a story. A straightforward story that compels the listener to lean back and assimilate its essence. It is a personalized story about a character who is mugged and suffers bodily harm in the process – told in detail. Possibly, upon looking close enough, one might be bound to find an anecdote in the story, or simply a representation of common realities shared amongst residents of metropolitan areas plagued by the same recognizable ills that beset such places the world over. 

20 Stitches is lyrically a song about defiance and resilience

True, in the face of abject deprivation, people often resort to forceful acquisition of resources in short supply – it is a primal instinct which despite our claims to civilization still remains evident parts of us. This much could provide context for the incidence being narrated in the song. However, it is refreshing to realize from the song that humanity, although threatened by human constructs such as poverty, still retains that integral parts that tend to nurture life and the essence of life. 

The fact that the narrator finds hope and succor in a hospital points to this – that in the endless sea of violence and hopelessness which we have made of this world, there remains here and there posts that shine forth as beacons for as many as are lost and in need of repair. 

20 Stitches is lyrically a song about defiance and resilience. A determination to soldier through a glitch in the course of life’s many episodes. Fresh. Straight from the heart with clearly no intention – or rather with the intention of an arrow shot off a bow. The lyrical delivery is great. Fluid, even. A testament to his genius. Experience, maybe. Possibly this is one rapper who’s stayed underground for far too long, honing his craft until chance brings him to notable attention. 

The song’s chorus sits well with the transitions between verses. Memorable. A pleasure! Instrumentally, the song scores appreciably high. The selection is mature. Informed. 

Possibly this is one rapper who’s stayed underground for far too long

As far as conscious rap music goes – yes, this fits the category of conscious music. Its theme is very much relatable to the vast majority in contemporary society – this is one for the list. One would wonder what and where shaped Jeisie Bassie’s mastery of his craft. Perhaps it is the same thing that’s moulded us all – time and tide.   

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