Brent Faiyaz Gives Track-By-Track Review Of His New EP 'Lost': Exclusive

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Brent Faiyaz

Brent Faiyaz is back with his six-track EP, Lost, and his pen is edgier than ever, scripting records about trust issues, self-reliance, and the act of juggling fame with the harsh realities of life. 

Tracks such as "First World Problems," "Gang Over Luv" and "Stay Down" showcase a polished singer deftly ripping through each record with unapologetic candor.

"I see junkies everyday. I hear sirens everyday," Faiyaz tells Billboard. "People want to see internet showdowns. Not experience real-life. So I figured why not bring real-life to the internet?" 

Along with his new EP, Faiyaz gives Billboard a track-by-track breakdown of his latest endeavor, in his own words. Take a read below. 

"Why it So Hard" 

"Why’z it So Hard’" is about being targeted and feeling on edge about it. I am a young black male in America and I am growing increasingly dissatisfied with how the world feels about me. They don’t want us to believe in what we can truly mean to this society. They want us either drugged-out, assed-out, or brains blown-out. They obsess over our struggle and then profit from our lack of resources. We are more complex than how we are portrayed. I made this song for the young n---as like me. That feel the way I feel.

"Came Right Back"

"'Came Right Back" is just my day-to-day as of right now, I guess. Learning to navigate through the ups and downs of some real-life back home shit, while maintaining this music career. Love is non-existent. I visit about 30 cities and hit three continents over the course of about three months. Performing, kicking it, peeping scenes and shit. All while recording new music and documenting this hot ass lifestyle. I’m trying to keep from going under. I gotta stay sane in this shit. I gotta continue to take care of my family.

"Around Me"

I wrote "Around Me" about self-reliance. Standing on my own two [feet], living in my own world. I probably talk to myself more than I talk to anyone. You gotta question the purpose you serve for those who invite themselves into your life. Learn who you are and always question the motive. No one knows you the way you do. If we don’t know ourselves, we don’t know shit.

"Trust"

"Trust" is my vent. In 2018, nothing is sacred. Everyone is everywhere and knows everybody. I don’t text too personal because somebody might screenshot it and share it. People stare at me. They stop me and talk my ear off about working and collaborating when I’m drunk in the club or out getting groceries. I’ve had random women find my address and wait outside my apartment building. [There's] no more privacy. Strangers having opinions about me is one of the wildest things I’ve had to come to terms with. Now I just really don’t give a fuck.

"Poundz"

"Poundz" touches on addiction and/or poor choices. Highs and lows. Cause, effect, [and] rehabilitation. It isn’t our fault. We’re products of this world we were born into. We all battle our own demons. Everyone is troubled in the dark, but, please just stop & think about the babies. They’re gonna be here long after we leave.

"Target on my Chest"

"Target on my chest" is all about loyalty. I’ll die before I ever change my path. I know who I am and what I come from, but I’m here and I’m still growing. You can grow and flourish no matter how much trauma your past holds. No matter how fucked up you feel like your mental [health] is. No matter how much shit they make up or the amount of dirt they will eventually throw on your name, all that will matter is whether or not you lived for something righteous. We gotta keep our hearts pure through all the negativity out here.

Listen to Lost in full below.

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