On the eve of #800 Grande Marshall’s first full-length project. The kid from the UPTOWN section of Philadelphia releases “Dearly Beloved” which is what we at Babylon Cartel like to call ( A ballad to whats real ). Grande is better known for his Trill sounds which can be found in his earlier releases such as Robert Earl of even Ugly Niggas, but with the release of Dearly Beloved we can gather that in his earlier works Grande was merely questioning the thought of Trill and any other trend that has a choke-hold on America as of late.
Dearly Beloved is Grande’s conversation with Society. Taking a step away from the sound that he mastered in only a couple songs. Grande ( also known as Xavier ) shows the versatility on a track that questions everything that Society spends a better part of its time swimming in. In Dearly Beloved Grande screams,
“WHAT IT COULD BE? WHAT’S YOUR DREAMS, WHAT IT SHOULD BE? CAUGHT UP IN THE GLAMOUR AND THE GLORY HEAVEN AND HELL ON EARTH, WE LIVING IN PURGATORY THIS TRADE OF SLAVES, ONLY DIFFERENCE IS WE GETTING RICHER GENERATIONAL GAPS, STILL KEPT THE CHAINS ON NIGGAS FAITHFUL TO THE END”
Immediately after reading this line I dropped my iPhone, picked it back up and logged out of Instagram. We get so captivated in a world that thrives on celebrity , social status , money , cars and hoes that we don’t even take the time question ourselves on whats real. Instead of worrying about the next person, we should be asking ourselves about OUR dreams. Being captivated in a pretentious realm may even cause us to question if WE are real. Grande shows us that by living in the media we are also living in a stand-still hence his use of the words Purgatory and Slavery.
Dearly Beloved is 4 Minutes of truth, from every angle. Its a sermon, its a conversation, its anything that you want it to be, but the lyrical content alone is what shows you what it should be. In most songs artist tend to reference other artist, Grande does the same here by rapping to his Philadelphia brethren Asaad,
“SAAYID IF YOU DON’T MIND LEMME TAKE EM TO CHURCH CAUGHT THE HOLY GHOST WRITING THIS FEEL IT IN MY SPIRIT ONLY GHOSTS ARE WRITING THIS IT’S EITHER RAP OR HIT THE BLOCK WITH ME PHENOMENON”
Asaad’s actual name is Saayid.
Again Grande’s Lyrical prowess makes you question the very ethical code that most of us live by or dwell in from time to time. I commend Grande on his confidence to show people another side of his music, and to let people know that he is in-fact the furthest thing from Trill.
The production takes us on a journey to Yester-year when everything was MPC-Based. Light-drums pepper over the sample like seasoning on the chicken-wing platters you get from the corner chinese stores in Philadelphia. I closed my eyes and thought of a better time, when we all ran around on the block in denim shorts with Super Soakers, and lit up everybody in our path.
Grande Marshall is well beyond his years, and this song alone can only show us what we will hear when 800 drops. Until then, this track will be on repeat.