By: Shamus Hill
Mattapan rapper, Kadeem, teams up with LOMAN to deliver his second project of the year -- Remains of a Man (R.O.A.M.). Categorized by Kadeem as being "a collaborative project that looks to explore, destroy, and rebuild one's self", this 17-minute-long EP is worth each individual second.
Remains of a Man has actually been in the works for several years now according to LOMAN's twitter account, and one can quite literally hear their relationship grow as each track progresses. Much like Kadeem's Passing Exchange which dropped earlier in the year, Remains of a Man is full of depthful bars that are incredibly thought-provoking.
Much of the subject matter on R.O.A.M. circulates around looking oneself in the mirror and figuring out what we want to get out of the lives that we live. Additionally, Kadeem spends a good portion of this EP reflecting on the events that have taken place in his past. Rather than dwelling about what has happened though, he utilizes this information to become the best version of himself. We've all heard the sentiment, "you have to know where you're from to know where you're going", and throughout R.O.A.M. Kadeem becomes a living embodiment of this.
While the subject of his lyrics is certainly something that adds to my overall enjoyment of Kadeem's discography, it's his method of delivery that keeps me coming back for more. He possesses this way with words that's somehow simplistic, well-calculated, and full of depth all at the same time.
Listening through R.O.A.M. has left me with a feeling of optimism that I hadn't felt prior to my first listen. "Green to Red" in particular is responsible for doing so. Kadeem reflects on the continuous movement forward that comes attached with the world that we live in. Much like the changing of the seasons, we can't slow down and drown ourselves with the thought of "why?". Rather, we must continuously push forward despite what has occured in our pasts. The only question that we should spend a considerable amount of time with is what we want to accomplish, and who we want to accomplish it for.
Top-to-bottom, this EP is not just a good listen, but a reminder to truly reflect on one's motivations, actions, and trajectory. While things may not necessarily make perfect sense every step of the way, it's important to remember to keep moving forward no matter what happens. We all possess the ability to reach our goals, but we must remember to adapt as we grow.
Listen to Kadeem and LOMAN'S Remains of a Man below: