Deep End – [Sleepy Hallow]

One of the best things about SoundCloud is the fact that artists pop up every day who might have already solidified a following to some extent, but they’re brand new to me. Although there sometimes seems to be an overflow of rappers that it seems overwhelming, certain talents just stand out and need to be recognized. One of these artists is Sleep Hallow who hails from New York. His deep voice doesn’t typically use any sort of vocal effects as a crutch which leads to purified lyrics and his flows are intricate enough to turn heads. Although he still has a long way to go in terms of perfecting his craft, his experimental sounds stand out and make him someone that music fans need to pay attention to moving forward.

Although I’m a couple of days late to his latest offering “Deep End”, it was too good to let go by the wayside. A sample of a retro-sounding loop of a woman singing “I don’t think you want to go off the deep end” as well as spaced out drums lead to a simplified instrumental that Hallow is able to shine on. His voice punches the beat in an overly hostile fashion, hitting hard just like the forceful kicks within the production. His lyrics use similes and metaphors to further emphasize his points but also add creativity and depth to otherwise played-out topics. His flow is interesting, delivering one succinct bar at a time, giving them time to breathe and allowing himself to regroup before the following line. He eventually gets more consistent with his cadence but still delivers off-kilter bars that ride on the instrumental nicely. Throughout this record, he talks about multiple acts of violence, the effects he has on women by just being in their presence, and the money he has been stacking up with his music as well as other activities he has a hand in.

Although I wasn’t familiar with Sleepy Hallow prior to this track, after doing some brief research of his other music, it seems as if his sonic style uses very choppy, spread out percussion which allows his words to excel. This is once again evident on this latest track, and one of the most intriguing parts of the song is the fact that the vocal sample used just plays repeatedly in the background. Normally, a sample of this nature will be chopped up and only utilized in certain portions of the record, but this strategy was unique and created a harmony that would have been lost without it. I think it’s safe to say that Sleepy Hallow has a bright future ahead of him and as long as he keeps grinding and perfecting his already appealing sound, he’ll blow up sooner rather than later. Regardless of if you’ve been an early adaptor of his music or just finding out about him now, tune into Sleep Hallow’s newest song “Deep End” below.