Though his lyrics are familiar territory to any hip-hop fan, it’s the musical flair that Rashaann brings to his songs that sets them apart. Instead of dark, heavy sonics, his beats are often bright and breezy, as on “Pray For This,” and result in an effective counterbalance of light and dark, edgy and edge-free. And Meraki Anoir’s singing on this track takes it all to a higher level as Rashaann castigates rappers who bitch and moan and take no risks. Our favorite song might be “Sometimes,” where the artist rants and raves a laundry list of whims and wishes, making his case to his chosen woman. A NYC performer with plenty of stage time under his belt, Rashaann is consistent and confident at the mic.