The wait for DavidTheTragic’s much anticipated debut project STILL*ALIVE is finally over after warming up with a series of sonically diverse and artistically forward visuals which energized his loyal audience, as well as giving us the single “ANEMIC” which features David’s friend and Atlanta frontrunner Kenny Mason. STILL*ALIVE is easily David’s most comprehensive offering yet, delivering track-after-tracks that spill honesty and introspection over an eclectic and experimental set of instrumentals that David has always leaned towards since first appearing on many fans’ and writers’ respective radars a couple of years back. The features on the project all fit beautifully and I love to see David collaborate not only with newly established cult-heroes like Kenny Mason, but also with the likes of MuddyMya and Mercury who have both now been interviewed by Lyrical Lemonade and are building something quite special in their own right and I love that David included both of them here. He also calls upon guest verses from his frequent collaborator Burgundy as well as Qi and Kapwani that I was not familiar with until hearing this project and I really appreciate how willing David, and the Atlanta scene as a whole, are to include rising talent on their projects despite not necessarily having as established of a presence yet, as none of them failed to deliver a memorable addition to STILL*ALIVE.
DavidTheTragic is a uniquely creative individual with who never shies away from experimenting with his sound and continually pushing boundaries, which is what made so many first fall in love with this sect of Atlanta’s massively talented underground scene. I hope we get a video to his track “something u said” which features both MuddyMya and Burgundy among others. However I still think the subdued and soul-bearing “otw” is my favorite track off of this memorable new offering and I am excited to see where David goes from here and look forward to seeing him perform some of these songs live.