Royal: “Summer on Main St” – emotive rhyming and deft rapping

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Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the entire proceeds from concerts and albums to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Watson has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. Slicing off the fat, Royal lets the music speak for itself, on his 10 track album, “Summer on Main St”. A true rap chameleon, Royal has channeled the Trap influence into his entire presentation. And fans who have heard the album will be ready to point out just how damn successful his chameleon act is.

He’s also on his A-game here, splitting seamlessly between his emotive rhyming and deft rapping. The divide flows more seamlessly than ever; right from the get go on ‘Still There’ ft. Hickey Boy, he begins softly talking, only for the full beat to come slamming in, to which he instantly responds with a tenacious flow.

What’s more, the juxtaposition of songs tilted towards one side of his style or the other is well considered, with the triumphant bassline booming of ‘Can’t Relate’ ft. Letthabeatroc, offering ideal contrast to the sensual click-clack jam of ‘Around Me’ ft. Letthabeatroc. In between, the money talk of ‘Trappin’ ft. Cru.

The rapper seems more determined than ever to prove there’s a space for him in the forefront, and he’s never stated his case more strongly than on ‘Letter To Cecil’ and ‘Letter To Perry’ ft. Perry Lott Jr and Perry Lotts III. When he raps, he’s on fire, presenting rhymes, wordplay, double entendres and metaphors.

The appraisal of this album would be incomplete without mentioning his enthusing lyrics. His lyrics are real, deep, confrontational and thought-provoking. Royal’s vocal mesh with Nick Rodriguez on ‘Soy Mexicano’ is another auditory delight.

Royal sounds seasoned and compelling on ‘Hall Of Fame’, as he covers all ground and leaves no stone unturned by expressing his innermost feelings and thoughts. This will bring him one step closer to solidifying a successful album and his respect as a well-rounded artist and emcee.

‘Occupy Cypher’ is another of Royal’s more transcendent songs – a 6 minute plus odyssey that features Taylo, Ty Bugatti, Watty 4rm Ye, Blanco Bull, and Cru. Royal obviously approached this track carefully, each feature taking time to perfect every bar and it really shows.

Clearly, a creative, original, and distinctive Royal is a good thing for the genre. On “Summer on Main St” he delivered it, finding a balance between smug satisfaction, heartfelt sincerity, and cold-blooded tenacity. Overall, Royal did a phenomenal job on this album.

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