I understand that there was a boatload of new music that dropped Thursday night including projects from Future, Polo G, Yung Lean, and many more. While these may overwhelm the media and take all of the attention from most other music that released, the most under the radar project by far is Scrim’s debut solo album A Man Rose from the Dead. Up until this point, Scrim was one half of the infamous duo $uicideboy$, and he continues to be a part of the group of course, but this is the first real taste we have of any sort of solo music from him or his counterpart Ruby.
Typically, when artists split off to do their own thing, it’s because they’re maybe tired of having to constantly share the spotlight with the rest of their crew or they believe it’s time that they get to have their own complete control over the creative freedom within their music. For Scrim, neither of these things is really the case. He needed to do this for himself and his own sanity. Those of us who know the constant struggles he has never been shy to talk about in music and interviews, know that drugs and other personal problems have made his life immensely harder than most people. The drugs he mentions aren’t used as a way to flaunt his lifestyle or tell fans that those are the cool things to do like many other musicians seem to do in the current state of Rap music. Instead, he talks about drugs because he truly struggled with addiction, and music was really his only form of expressing his battle and coping with these things. Obviously, as he has mentioned abundantly in his music, these struggles have strained relationships, put him in a worse position than he would have ever been in without them, and really tested his strength, both mentally and emotionally.
This is all expressed on A Man Rose from the Dead. After the album dropped, he shared a handwritten message with fans on his Instagram that highlighted exactly what his journey was like when making this project. He details how he began making this album after he was in rehab for three months and was finally able to stay on his own. In the beginning, he didn’t believe that he’d be able to make any sort of music sober, so it started as an experiment to see if he actually possessed the skills to do this or not. He goes on to say that he created over one hundred songs for this project spanning over quite some time, and he and the people closest to him helped narrow this down to the best and most telling twenty tracks. He just wanted these songs to tell his story and detail the journey he has been on, highlighting the ups and downs, and truly giving listeners insights of the vast gamut of emotions he has been through.
After listening to this album myself, I can tell you that he executes his objectives to perfection, at least in my opinion. The production itself takes fans on a journey, one that’s intense, melancholy, and sometimes even upbeat or exciting, but a vivid journey, nonetheless. Scrim’s voice is full of emotions as he moves from song to song, sometimes showing off a classic $uicideboy$ sound or flow, while other times contorting his vocals in ways we’ve never experienced before. His cadences are as polished as ever, and his words are clear enough even during certain parts where his aggression and pain truly shine through.
I can’t even begin to try and pick out my favorite song because I can tell how much each one means to him, and every single track tells a story of its own. While I typically find myself leaning towards the more violent and hostile offerings that the $uicideboy$ have released in the past, my mind was truly opened and impressed with the slower, more introverted, and melodic tracks off of this record. It seems like the destructive and belligerent songs come just too easy to him at this point and they’re expected, so seeing Scrim really push himself on these lighter songs truly helped bring out a different side of him, while also allowing his passion and raw pain to come to the forefront more than I’ve ever heard before.
I had high hopes for Scrim’s debut solo album because I knew all about his struggles over the years considering I’ve followed he and Ruby’s journey since its very early stages. I knew just how talented he was, but I know that certain solo efforts from artists have fallen flat because they just seem to be a one-sided artist at the end of the day and need the assistance of their group to truly elevate their talents. For Scrim, this isn’t the case whatsoever. He is able to utilize an insane collection of different sounds, skills, and dispositions to convey the wild and rough journey that he has been on and continues to live through. This project had to have undoubtedly helped him get some things off his chest, and I have no doubt in my mind that it will connect with other people who share similar struggles or are going through a rough patch in their lives as well, so this album is definitely important in more ways than one. A Man Rose from the Dead left me at a loss for words after my first listen, so I highly suggest giving it a listen and really diving into the stories Scrim shares, because they’re detailed, emotional, and truly eye-opening.