"2017 was a spiritual trip for me and a trip I had to take by myself, this music reflects and scores that journey," Toronto rapper Sean Leon tweeted as he released his newest audio-film project, Can't Come With Me This Time (C.C.W.M.T.T.).
Serving as his second audio-film this year, and the second part of his BLACK NIRVANA trilogy, C.C.W.M.T.T. follows up February's I Think You've Gone Mad (or Sins of the Father) with equal emotion, but a little more direction.
The project's ten tracks feature some of the most notable young producers from the Greater Toronto Area, including WondaGurl, Eestbound, Bijan Air and Jordan Evans. Over sounds ranging from dark and twisted soundscapes to bouncy and melodic tones, the IXXI Initiative founder (which also includes Daniel Caesar) grapples with the everyday pressure ("Parkdale Cartel Freestyle II").
Animated singles "Turf" and "Vintage" highlight a borderline confidence-turned-pompous attitude, but "Laying Low (Cooking Up)" offers perspective on why that is. C.C.W.M.T.T. showcases Sean's boastful nature, but it also shares his vulnerability — particularly on "2017," a single about love both lost and gained. The push and pull between ego and vulnerability provides thematic cohesion to C.C.W.M.T.T.
To close out the album, Leon delivers the 11-minute "25 & Whyln," which breaks down into five separate parts. Complex in production, intricate in delivery and diverse in content, the song is perhaps the single truest reflection of who Leon is: somewhat broken, not always polished, but always worth taking a chance on. (Independent)