James Lewis is pretty much a staple in the Fresh & Local community. He was one of the first artists that we ever featured on our old podcast "Fresh & Local Radio" and he's been a regular at our annual festival (both as an attendee and performer). He's one of the hardest working indie artists in Atlanta and we're proud to say he didn't disappoint us with his latest release. "Color Theory: RGB" is a quick EP comprised of 3 songs, but each record packs its own unique punch.
The opening song, "Pain" brings classic James Lewis vibes: a lush late '80s/early '90s sample with a nice buildup and plenty of bounce to talk to the ladies. We can definitely see this becoming a new crowd favorite at James' shows with everyone screaming out "just know we share the same pain." Another Atlanta/Fresh & Local alum, Troop Brand, is featured on this song and he delivers a very fitting verse to close the song.
If "Pain" was a quick right jab, track 2 "Legend" is an unexpected right hook right on the button. The 808 comes in soon as the record starts and introduces us to a knocking beat. James Lewis' flow on this song is airtight while letting off some steam at any competitor or spectators that might have something to say about his status. His improvement as an emcee is apparent. You can tell he's been in the lab working on his craft relentlessly since the last Color Theory Mixtape. This track features an artist we're not familiar with by the name of Boo Money and she comes through with an aggressive barrage of her own ("they treat me like I'm God around this b*tch" is a wild opening line). The fight is officially over after the beat stops.
The final song "Everybody" kind of feels like the music you play after all the commotion hits its height. James just won the fight and all the fans have screamed their lungs out, but there's still the inevitable ride home. The production is calm and soothing as the horns play on the intro. He opens the record with a chorus saying "Living with the highs and lows/Price for the things, I know/Still trying to give my n*ggas rides up to the top, realized everybody can't go." This is a harsh realization for an artist that's making all the necessary moves and adjustments to fulfill his dreams. Not everybody is going to put the work in and elevate their minds to reach the next level. Sometimes your family and friends just don't want you to leave the nest; some people are extremely gifted, but don't know their own potential. Such is life. We just hope that James Lewis continues to grow and push forward musically. If you haven't hit play on that Spotify player up top by now, you're missing out. Give it a spin before you leave this page and when you finish, check out some of the other great artists we've posted in the past!
And while you're still here, watch James Lewis' video "Overtime" feat Mike Sick & Dara Carter (prod. STLNDRMS) that just dropped a couple of weeks ago. SUPPORT INDIE ARTISTS