Sayntt: “Clockwise” addresses its themes with extraordinary sagacity

From Denver, Colorado, Sayntt emerged as a hip hop artist in late 2003. Collaborating and performing alongside Colorado Legend B Blacc and Dankside Ent. He has since carried his talent from state to state, venue to venue as he worked hard to express his unique personality through his own brand of music. Working in various studios Sayntt has also learned to dominate pro audio gear, hence honing his talent as a recording artist and producer. Influenced by the hard-edged beats and southern gangster-rap of Master P’s No Limit Records, Sayntt developed his own style and writing skills.

Don’t mistake the rollicking, irascible, aggressive, and scattershot verbal delivery from Sayntt as a marker of ignorance. Behind those layers of verbal masking lies some of the most insightful and capable lyricism coming out of the entire underground movement. On his 12 track album, “Clockwise”, supported by a truckload of features and a solid set of production aesthetics, the Colorado rapper dances with some of the genre’s usual themes, but his lyrics, flow and presence are a notch above the rest. This album shows that Sayntt is well capable of producing standout scenes in his own stead.

Sayntt has bridged the gap between the traditional and modern, the gangsta and the conscious – and this has never been clearer, well-presented, nor more crucially relevant, than on his new album “Clockwise”. Considering that gangsta rap has by and large given way to more trending-friendly schools like trap, singing-rap, and anything born on the internet.

With that in mind, this album release has clawed its way into my mind and my ears, and the more I listen, the more I learn to like it. There is so much to absorb and unravel, and the more you decipher, the more layers you uncover. There’s absolutely nothing surface level about this record.

Sayntt’s gravelly tone addresses ordinary themes with extraordinary sagacity; money, guns, dope, women and life on the streets. But where many albums stop there, these only form part of Sayntt’s landscape – here, they’re explored and analyzed within a context.

Sayntt opens a window into a dark, often painfully real world. This album reveals all angles of a detailed, dangerous and unjust place we usually only see one side of. Sayntt presents intimate tales of a troubled world, all atop the meanest beats, heaviest bars and some of the smoothest sounds of 2018.

From the first moments of the opening song, “Alchemy” (feat. JO’EL JUNE), it’s clear that “Clockwise” will draw more than a few comparisons to some of Sayntt’s peers. Musically and thematically, the opening track showcases every aspect of the quality to come. So when “Testify” (feat. Leanidus) kicks in, you’re already expecting it.

The first standout arrives in the shape of “Authentics Over Here” (feat. RealisTay) [Remix]. Sayntt’s tone is usually gritty and animated, naturally lending itself to anger and aggression, but it’s just as grounded in soul and emotion, as it is on this track. “Fade” (feat. Proffit & Kid Snap) is another beautiful, understated track with a multi-level flow.

This is an album that knows what it wants to be and how to do it efficiently, with consistent flow switching, in the gritty and brooding atmosphere with songs that feature smooth synths, haunting bass that bubbles below the surface, and introspection. One of the best in this style has to be “OnDatLiquor” (feat. Reality) [Remix], along with “Night Shift” (ft. RealisTay & Deuce) and “What Can I Do” (feat. Big Roosh) [Remix].

Most of the success I’m hearing are in the tracks you’d consider more to be deep cuts, as they definitely show more of the artist. And I’m talking about cuts like “On My Own” (feat. Charlee Brown & Nexkin) and “Simple Dreams” (feat. Albeez 4 Sheez & B-Nice Tha Truth) which can be paired with the outright best two tracks on the album “Revolution” (feat. Kid Snap & JO’EL JUNE) and “If I Die 2Nite”. Sayntt focuses on ensuring that the album works, not just from song to song, but also from bar to bar. In terms of pure thrills, it’s difficult to argue against “Clockwise” being a fully satisfying album.


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