Hip-Hop Heartbreaker, Des Brennan, Returns With Latest Mixtape
There's a name Rhymesayers is missing from its prolific, iconic roster: Des Brennan. Hailing from the outskirts of NYC, the rapper embodies the kind of thoughtful, quick-witted talent that Rhymesayers boasts. On his latest EP (of which he has many), You Look Like My Next Mistake, Des continues to impress and deliver.
We asked Des to talk a little about the record because we wanted to do justice to its important emotional components. He said,
"You Look Like My Next Mistake is a very personal project. I think it really captures how I've been feeling for the past four or five months, which are feelings of anxiety, uneasiness, and a fear of the unknown. I've made some pretty big changes in my life recently, including getting a new job and moving to a new area. There are times where I feel I may have made the wrong decision -- other times I feel that I made the right decision. It's hard to juggle them back and forth.
I have a constant feeling of apprehension over the fact that I might never be a full-time rap artist. That truly kills me inside and it's hard to think about. It feels like time is moving so fast nowadays. I wish it could just slow down for a couple of years.
This EP really revolves around the questions of "When will my time come" for my music to finally pop and "What comes next" regarding literally every integral part of my life's journey. I'm still looking to find the answers to those questions."
The last time we covered Des, he had just dropped Growing Apart, a 6-track EP full of sonic experimentation. Now he's back with You Look Like My Next Mistake, featuring five expertly blended hip-hop gems. The album opens with "End Of The Beginning" (produced by Shy Cope), which starts out as a classic instrumental with light wailing guitar and insistent keys. Des comes in like a firecracker, spitting nonchalant confessions like kindling for the bonfire that is You Look Like My Next Mistake. Next comes "Keep On," produced by Silo, a buzzy soulful track built on layered percussion arrangements and a slightly aggressive look-on-the-bright-side style of songwriting with a nod to his time at SUNY Plattsburgh.
The Hanz-produced "Wrinkles" moves from moody jazz influence to minimalist moments during which Des' smooth stream-of-consciousness shines, rapping introspective lines like "The sun and I had a fall-out / I can't even get past my own walls now." On "Lawless" (produced by deeB), shimmery percussion opens the track before Des comes in as humble and effortless as usual. A "ballad for the land of the lawless," the song pumps consistently with lively rhythms as Des drops quick mentions of his New York surroundings like Albany and Poughkeepsie. You Look Like My Next Mistake comes full-circle with "Beginning Of The End" (also Hanz produced), a nod to the EP's opener. Here, Des raps with an intensity unheard of during the rest of the mixtape. He bears it all on this one, desperate and vulnerable as he fires off nonstop rhymes and a forceful performance above punchy rhythms.
You Look Like My Next Mistake is like most of Des Brennan's work: highly emotional and witty, well-produced, and led by a vocal talent that divulges honest confessions in an impressive manner. We're grateful to Des for his stripped-down soul and slick hip-hop -- he brings a voice to the game that deserves recognition. He's only going to get better.