LIFE – [Saba]

After teasing the track on social media just last week, Saba has dropped the second single off his forthcoming project “Care For Me,” titled “LIFE.” The heavily emotional, high-octane new song features the PIVOT Gang member contemplating harsh realities, specifically the threat of life being taken away without warning. He brings the subject close to home as he raps about the tragic stabbing of his cousin John Walt, aka DinnerWithJohn, just last year.

“LIFE” follows Saba’s other recent single “Busy” and continues an overall shift in Saba’s music that contrasts with the more colorful sounds he was working with on 2016’s “Bucket List Project.” Even by just looking at the cover art, Saba appears to be experimenting with darker and more bleak styling for his new work. Regardless, the Westside native sounds right at home over this explosive beat produced by himself, daedaePIVOT and Daoud. he absolutely kills each verse and switches flows like it’s nothing. For a rapper who’s known for his vivid storytelling abilities, Saba continues to transform whatever narratives he’s experiencing into vulnerable bars that strike at the core of whatever he’s feeling. Just as the energy of “LIFE” reaches its peak, the track dissipates into a blissful piano outro, leaving listeners dazed and wondering what will follow one of Saba’s best songs to date.