I have been a fan of Rejjie Snow (real name Alex Anyaegbunam) since Noisey released the video to his 2013 single “Lost in Empathy.” I became a fan of the talented Irish musician through Rejovich EP, a dark, eerie but smooth and gorgeous project which highlighted Rejjie’s skills as a versatile rapper and singer. Since then, I haven’t heard that much from Rejjie, who released the occasional single and eventual 2017 mixtape The Moon & You, which was a decent project, but didn’t really capture my attention the way I had hoped.
A lot of anticipation built with the release of his debut album Dear Annie. The singles “Egyptian Luvr (Ft. Aminé)”, produced by Kaytranada and “Rainbows” were outstanding cuts that, in the context and vibe of the album, fit in perfectly. Thematically, Dear Annie is an autobiographical tale about love and self-reflection, a passionate album that dives into those themes head on. Sonically, the album is majestic. Electronic, R&B and funk vibes reverberate throughout. The quirky bounce on the Paris-themed love song “Mon Amour” is a clear highlight, and the The Neptunes inspired groove on “Spaceships”, featuring Ebenezer (which is actually produced by frequent Kendrick Lamar producer Rahki) is hypnotic. Features on this album include Caroline Smith, Dana Williams, Cam O’bi, Ebenezer, Aminé, Jesse James Solomon, Krondon, Anna Of The North, Jesse Boykins III and Micah Freeman, all adding unique styles and vibes the the album, enriching the sound and overall experience of this brilliant album.
Make sure you support Rejjie Snow and his music, as he deserves all the shine in the world for the amount of work and care he puts into his work. Dear Annie is a profound, powerful statement from the Irish rapper, who is a name to look out for as he’s only going to get better.
Listen to Dear Annie below via Spotify. Released on 300 Entertainment.