No Foolin’ (Post Panic: Prelude)- [Navy Blue]

Ever since Earl Sweatshirt notoriously switched up his style entirely and went with a more abstract concept that takes a lot more time and brainpower to sift through in order to get a deeper meaning, he has influenced other artists to follow suit. While some day-one Earl fans don’t understand this creative expression and therefore they’d rather stick to his classic albums, I for one am a big fan of this new style. It can be tough to comprehend at first, but the wild timestamps and intricate messages bring out a much more musically complex offering than ever before. Now, I only mention this because he has influenced other rappers to do the same, including his friend and collaborator Sage Elsesser who goes by the moniker Navy Blue. Navy Blue is still relatively new to the world of making music, but if you didn’t know that prior to diving into one of his songs, you’d have no idea. His sophisticated flows, interesting messages, and unique instrumentals give off the impression that he’s been working on his craft for years, when in all reality that’s just not the case.

After his debut project, Ada Irin dropped earlier this year, his music started to buzz and now he’s back with a new song entitled “No Foolin’ (Post Panic: Prelude)”. This track’s beat contains things like mystifying and enchanting xylophone notes, an old school, chopped up soul sample, and very simplistic yet effective drums. I love hearing sampling like this in music because it brings an older, less glorified genre into a much more experimental space, adding a challenge while also bringing a sort of brightness to the individualistic song itself. When Navy goes in at the beginning of the song, his voice is almost pure, absent from any autotune or other alterations that the majority of artists use in today’s music scene. Obviously, this isn’t surprising considering his sort of straightforward demeanor doesn’t shy away from any impurities that might reveal themselves due to the fact that they might actually add more depth to the track. The only slight effect on his voice sounds like a bit of a filter, adding some static to the words he’s speaking in a retro-like fashion.

His flow is inconsistent but not in an off-putting way whatsoever. He kind of starts and stops at random moments but remains on beat when he does so. It’s a flow that is unlike anything you’d ever hear on the radio or in mainstream songs, making it that much more unique and notable when you experience it. It’s very common that Navy’s messages cut deep, with this track being no different. It’s all about remembering his roots and where he came from as he discusses learning from the pain of his past and using it to fuel his fire to make it in life. He also discusses how he remembers being broke, and now that he has money, he’ll never let that change who he is at the core of his existence, as well as the fact that he’ll always remain faithful and loyal to the ones who have his back.

Although Navy Blue might never become a household name in mainstream music or in the media, that was never his intention. He has a voice and wants to share his distinctive perspective with the world, so if anyone might share the same thoughts or opinions, they have that sort of solidarity. He’s never been one to be flashy, extravagant, or ostentatious, but rather stays low-key and humble despite his notable successes in other industries. It’s obvious that he doesn’t live a normal life, as he skateboards for one of the most notable brands in the world and has a blossoming Rap career, but he never forgets his humble beginnings because those memories are what crafted him into the person he is today. Navy Blue has a lot to teach fans, so if you’re ready to sit back and learn, give “No Foolin’ (Post Panic: Prelude)” a listen.