“17th” by Marsalis Davis

“17th” by Marsalis Davis is fun, catchy, and makes you feel cool listening to it. The cool instrumental is colorful and spotlights Davis perfectly. Relatable raps about life are sandwiched between the chorus’ of the good life. Personable and fun, this latest release does an awesome job showcasing who Marsalis Davis is.

Sounding almost like a GOOD kid M.A.A.D city-era Kendrick, the flow was easy-going and groovy. Despite complex, twisted and quick verses Davis sounded relaxed and comfortable. Playful energy pairs with the gentle instrumental phenomenally. The light airy chords float gently behind the quick drum groove providing the perfect foundation for the cheeky raps. 

Quick, stuttered flows define Marsalis Davis’ sound through the verses – easily capturing that feeling of waking up and just feeling good. Not only that, but it’s done in a way that’s unprecedented. Rap has been around for decades, but nobody has done it quite like Marsalis Davis has done it. Every new repetition on “17th” left me hooked and encaptivated by the cool energy.

With a powerhouse catalog, it’s no small feat to say this is one of my favorite of Davis’ releases. It’s playful and fun, yet still feels serious. Plus, the lead raps and instrumental complement and contrast one another phenomenally. The groovy, jazzy chords gave plenty of room to show off the intricacy of the verses. In addition to all that, everything just sounded like a good time. “17th” sounds like an incredibly enjoyable song to produce, and because of that it’s a delight to listen to.

“17th” by Marsalis Davis is available now on any major streaming services.

Written by Tyler Roberts



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