Bay Area emcee Imerald Brown just dropped the Enigma album today. The 15 track project rides as a cohesive unit being produced in entirely by Seattle producer Cole Holland.
The Oakland born artist explores numerous sounds on Enigma. She isn’t scared to be vulnerable in the musical content or beat selection, choosing to rap, sing, and manipulate words over keyboard heavy beats.
Holland finds sounds and patterns that are remnant of what Scott Storch would do with Jeezy, DJ Mustard, and other unique vibes. Records like “Detour” explore heavy string sounds with upfront percussion that allow Imerald to spit rapid fire. The two are truly at their best together on “Good Juju” and “Annoyed.” While the flow and tonality molds to each record, Brown shines consistently on the hooks. My favorites are “Annoyed” and “Too Long Ago.”