By Pat Gunther
After months of waiting from eager fans, Shlohmo and Jeremih finally dropped their collaborative EP, No More, on July 17th. The LA production impresario Shlohmo and Chitown crooner Jeremih had teamed up previously for a Yours Truly session, and after months of seamless collabs, have finally delivered a polished finished product. So in the spirit of attacking this joint track-by-track and writing down my initial reactions as I listen, let’s jump right into it.
- “No More” – The lead single, which got the remix treatment from Boots on his WinterSpringSummerFall tape, has been out for quite some time now. Shlohmo provides a repetitive and pulsating synth and bass 1-2 punch for Jeremih’s signature dynamic flex. The Chicago native lusts for a probably sexy woman, as typical for Jeremih, through a sonically pleasing combination of high-pitched whales and rolling hi-hats. Although, the lyrics seem a bit cliché and the last line, the most cringe worthy, “you get older ‘til you’re gone” is number one, obvious, and number two pretty weak.
- “Fuck You All The Time Remix (Extended Cut)”– This beat, a pretty dark offering from Jeremih, instantly screams a sultry Houston cut for me. Jeremih, who is complemented by a pitch-corrected unknown woman, drops his register a couple octaves and offers up some trill baby-making music before letting his real voice do the work. Some pretty solid flows and harmonies from Jeremih make his rapping palatable, but the synth wash in the chorus, which unknown lady No. 1 absolutely crushes, is probably the most invigorating part of the track.
- “Dope”– Jeremih, on the most hip-hop track thus far, sings, “Sometimes I need a rush,” and, in this instance, provides the listeners with one. His vocals are really doing the work over a pretty subtle beat that happens to be the most minimalist cut on Shlomo’s end. Jeremih continues with themes of superficial “romantic” relationships, as he is an R&B singer. Head bobbing bass and drum work solidifies this as a potential radio hit.
- “Bo Peep (Do U Right)”- The first track the two have ever worked on was undoubtedly going to find its way on to the tape, and is as smooth yet hard hitting as anything they’ve given listeners thus far. The clap, hi-hat work and repeated low-key synths lead into a catchy chorus where Jeremih lets you ladies know he’s “gon’ do you right.” Signature rapper/R&B braggadocio coupled with Jeremih’s legitimate singing ability make this team work really, really well. This track, in its emotional and raunchy evocations, is another classic cut relating to this mysterious woman Jeremih has referred to throughout these four tracks.
- “Let It Go”– The star of this tape has been Shlohmo on the boards, as he’s created a vast and verdant soundscape for Jeremih to do his thing across. There’s a consistent almost wonky synth chord throughout, before Shlohmo rinses everything with some dense distortion, including Jeremih’s subtle harmonies and ad-libs. Though the messages may not be the most poignant (they are not the most poignant), the tracks are really aurally easy to transition to, and there isn’t really a struggle adjusting to each different cut as the EP flows together really well as a whole.
- “The End”– Garnering a feature from fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper, Jeremih comes out HARD on this heavy hitting cut from Shlohmo that almost reminds me of something Peruvian. The light and hollow-sounding keys are a perfect complement to the pounding and in your face bass kicks, and claps straight out of a Three Six Mafia cut. Probably my favorite cut thus far, in all honesty. Jeremih kind of sounds like Chris Brown at points, and I think his lowered octave call-and-response deal works really well. Chance the Rapper is flexing his pipes towards the end, as he has been doing lately, before hitting the audience with bonafide rapper #bars. The repetitive “you ‘on wanna smoke!” provides a little brevity, before Jeremih continues the themes of the typical rapper yellow diamonds and weed to finish out the EP.
All in all, No More is certainly a killer effort out of Jeremih & Shlohmo. Though the lyrics are at times trite and make you shake your head, the vocals in combination with Shlohmo’s usual impressive production work very, very well together. Each track, though different in what it brings to the table, flows together really well and makes the short 25 minute EP feel like one cohesive track. If you’ve got the time on your hands or are just itching for some new and catchy R&B/Hip-Hop singing and production, definitely check out No More.