Gregory “Savant” Daggett of the duo RAREBREED has released his debut The Delayed Entry EP. From the jump Savant labels himself a lyricist on “The Lyricist ThreeMix” featuring SimONE which seems like the exact opposite of what’s topping the charts these days. By the second track “Illest You’ve Never Heard (Could We Go)”, on a smoother, lighter beat that samples Amel Larrieuxâ€™s â€œCongoâ€, Savant shows a commitment to lyricism that lets you know he’s made the decision to go where his gift takes him dumbed down rap be damned.
For a change of pace “Bottom To the Top” borrows lines from Bob Marley’s “Sun Is Shining”, for the hook on the dreaded “this one’s for the ladies track”. It’s not what you think of when you think of a lyricist type, but he’s not your average, and even sings on the hook…at least I think that’s him.
Savant doesn’t dip too deep in the sticky-sweet syrupyness of love stuff. This song sounds light and summery, but interestingly enough that’s contrasted with the weight of marriage.
In the call and response with a sample song “‘Til Death Do Us Part” Savant tackles the subject of marriage head on. Here he goes far beyond the usual pedestal princessing or lady blaming trap many rappers fall into. Even bothering to take his rhymes into the woman’s points of view.
“Perfect Profession” samples “Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold” by Willie Hutch and in terms of subject matter Savant mines his personal life for his art, detailing the relationship between his parents, his chosen profession and himself. Shifting the POV was more successful on “‘Til Death Do Us Part” than when Savant takes on his parents points of view.
In the beginning Savant deals with lyricism, mines more personal material like marriage and relationships as opposed to romance or casual sex for the middle and by the end theme of perfection pops up.
No wonder he looks like he’s got a lot on his mind on the cover of The Delayed Entry EP.