Sean Leon


Can’t Come With Me This Time

“2017 was a spir­i­tual trip for me and a trip I had to take by my­self, this mu­sic re­flects and scores that jour­ney,” Toronto rap­per Sean Leon tweeted as he re­leased his new­est au­dio-film project, Can’t Come With Me This Time. Serv­ing as the sec­ond part of his BLACK NIR­VANA tril­ogy, C.C.W.M.T.T. fol­lows Fe­bru­ary’s I Think You’ve Gone Mad (or Sins of the Fa­ther) with equal emo­tion, but a lit­tle more di­rec­tion. The ten tracks fea­ture some of the G.T.A.’s most no­table young pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing Won­daGurl, Eest­bound, Bi­jan Amir and Jordan Evans. Over sounds rang­ing from dark and twisted sound­scapes to bouncy and melodic tones, the IXXI Ini­tia­tive founder (which also in­cludes Daniel Cae­sar) grap­ples with ev­ery­day pres­sure. An­i­mated sin­gles “Turf” and “Vin­tage” high­light a bor­der­line con­fi­dence-turned-pompous at­ti­tude, but “Lay­ing Low (Cook­ing Up)” of­fers per­spec­tive on why. C.C.W.M.T.T. show­cases Sean’s boast­ful na­ture, but it also shares his vul­ner­a­bil­ity — par­tic­u­larly on “2017,” a sin­gle about love both lost and gained. To close out the al­bum, Leon de­liv­ers the 11-minute “25 & Whyln,” which breaks down into five sep­a­rate parts. Com­plex in pro­duc­tion, in­tri­cate in de­liv­ery and di­verse in con­tent, it’s per­haps the sin­gle truest re­flec­tion of who Leon is: some­what bro­ken, not al­ways pol­ished, but worth tak­ing a chance on. (sound­­leon)

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