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Houston artist $later 281 makes it clear he’s out for blood in ‘True Story’: Listen

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$later 281 dropped his EP, ‘Loading…’, earlier this month. Immediately upon pressing play, I’m enticed by a dark piano riff and hard-hitting drums. The first song, ‘True Story’ sets a Griselda-type atmosphere which lets you know, ain’t shit ain’t sweet. $later details a life of sex, crime and violence on this track and I’m in the front row ready for the mayhem. I almost grabbed my ski mask and hit the door when $later illustrates a situation about a former associate being set-up due to insufficient funds.

The best part about this song is the smooth delivery of it all. There aren’t any crazy, mind-bending bars or intricate rhyme schemes, but that works out for the better. The track is exactly what the title implies, a story. It wasn’t difficult to follow, making it an enjoyable experience that took me back to pre-gentrified Bed-Stuy.

Never change on my gang or my people/Yeah, I’m stuck with my niggas

Well, $later, your gang is in good hands because the future is bright and infinite for you, King.


Written by Jeffrey Deon Chambers

Jeffrey Deon Chambers is a 23 year old photojournalist and visual artist from Queens, New York. Since a young one, he developed a knack for writing and a limitless love for music. His ears know no boundaries. From the enticing vocals of Andrea Bocelli, to the genius production from the fingertips of MF DOOM, Deon constantly finds himself inspired. Aside from music and visuals, Deon is a movie enthusiast and foodie.