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Shacar – Chapter Two: Absent Hotel. NYC, 9PM (EP)

blame it on JES7 July 18, 2016

First sliding into the frames of the DopeHouse’s front pages last week with the neo-soul sounds of “Ghost” with Santos, rising R&B star Shacar liberates his 5-track EP, Chapter Two: Absent Hotel. NYC, 9PM.

Chapter Two is an earnest glimpse into issues we can all relate to, because, humans: “Loss, heartbreak, selfishness, ambition, faith” and combined with the boardwork of Ollie Beats, SAVON, Kxngs and more, the project gives a natural apperception into these matters without trying hard.

While “Selfish” features all the great attributes and idiosyncrasies that are requisites for modern day R&B, “Holy Hell” allows the New Yorker-by-way-of-Florida to flex his rap superhero persona. “Far Away” is a poignant, yet bouncy song created to inspire listeners to reach for those dreams, no matter how out of reach they may seem, while the closing cut, “Unity” — complete with a sample flip of Queen Latifah’s 1993 hit single, a few light shades of jazz and even a little Big K.R.I.T. — is a slow rider which, with everything that has been unfolding this month, is more relevant than ever.