After unwrapping his 13th solo album 4:44 last June to the masses, JAY-Z’s steely bars and raw vulnerability inspired not only avid listeners, but young MCs as well. One rapper who was enthralled by Hov’s latest endeavor was Miami upstart, Sylvan LaCue. Impressed by his idol’s unfiltered delivery, LaCue whipped up a batch of his own music for his upcoming album Apologies in Advance and today (Nov. 30) premieres his new video “5:55.”
Rapping in a deserted field with the sunset hovering over his back, LaCue digs deep into his conscious and soars over the piano-laden beat. Utilizing a rap-singy flow, LaCue attempts to find solace in his mishaps. “I’ve been fucking up for quite while, I don’t know how to hide it/ I’ve been dealing with some problems by myself in silence,” he chants on the pre-hook.
“4:44 deeply inspired my upcoming album Apologies in Advance,” LaCue tells Billboard. “5:55 is my answer to JAY’s 4:44. “Spiritually speaking, “4:44″ means to have a spiritual awakening. ‘5:55’ means you’re ready for massive change.”
“5:55” serves as the final track to Apologies in Advance, which in his eyes, encapsulates his project’s entire message.
“This song is a bonus cut, but it also serves as a resolve to everything you hear on the album. Because of the darkness I feel we’re experiencing on earth right now, it’s important we remember that we have to be the light we want to see exist around us. That means showing up. Even when you’re not at your best. Even when it’s dark outside.”
Watch “5:55” below.