Rap in a Can – [Payday]

Even though her Twitter and Instagram both say “Everyone Loves Payday”, this is a true statement that people would proclaim regardless of if they followed her already or not. At just 17 years old, Payday has lived quite an interesting life, traveling all over the country and gaining valuable life lessons from the various regions she lived in, and all of these things come together in her music. While she might be young and utilize this youthfulness to her advantage throughout her discography, there is such a mature disposition with the way that she carries herself that I can’t help but think she’s years older.

While she has been making major waves in the music scene for the past couple of years, her latest project Rap in a Can seems to be another big step in her career, and I couldn’t wait to talk about it with you all. At just 7 songs that last almost 14 minutes long, it can be hard for an artist to fully encompass all of their skills in one place without getting deeper than the surface, but Payday pulls this off with ease as she delivers some remarkable tracks that you’re going to want to sing along with for the foreseeable future.

Opening up with “Business”, the tape’s longest track, the song begins with some upbeat piano notes before an optimistic and tempo-setting drum and percussion base comes in to bring some energy to the offering. Even without this, Payday brings her cheery, bubbly personality to the offering even while blatantly dissing her haters as she goes on a tear, ripping through various cadences that seem to roll off of her tongue effortlessly.

After a few more songs, we arrive at “Buttercup”, which boasts a much chiller, soulful instrumental that is simply magical. Here, she shows off a different side of her talents by singing the hook, hitting notes with ease as she complements the track incredibly well. After the hook, she reverts back to her bars where she provides unbelievable versatility, proving that she is in no way, shape, or form a one-dimensional talent.

Out of all the songs on here, though, my absolute favorite is “Vampire” which contains the project’s singular feature in Danny Brown, one of my all-time favorite artists, so my bias is definitely coming out on this one. With a much grittier, ruthless instrumental combined with some filtered lines and vocal effects, Payday once again shows off another side of her personality, gifting us some clever, hard-nosed lyrics that fit over this beat flawlessly. When Danny comes in, he blesses us with his high-pitched, shrill delivery that is as masterful as it gets, further backing up my preconceived notion that this would be my favorite record before I even pressed play.

When asked about this tape, Payday said:

“The project is cohesive and has a very simple message: Am I the best 17-year-old rapper on the planet? I honestly think so. But I’d be open to the challenge if someone else had the skills. I just don’t know of any other 17-year old that can out rap me. I know I’m biased, but I back it. You guys have any counters to that statement?”

At the end of the day, I definitely can’t argue with her on this one because she has made her case and backed it up. Payday doesn’t miss for even a second throughout the 14-minute run time of this project, making Rap in a Can another wonderful addition to her sonic repertoire that you need to check out for yourself to truly appreciate.