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Does Desiigner Have Staying Power?

After previewing his 'New English' mixtape, the answer is complicated.

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On Wednesday night (June 22), Desiigners previewed new music to an eager New York crowd. Trekking down the SoHo streets while hearing passing cars blast "Panda" was reason enough to be excited. Upon arriving at a door adorned with bright colors and art to enter a modernly-furnished, five-story townhouse, patrons began to wonder if we were in the right place. If you haven't had the chance to see a high-energy performance by Desiigner you may not understand our confusion. Where would he dance? There was barely any room in there.

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After a short wait the crowd poured over banisters, bar tables, and couches to glare in awe of Desiigner as he danced with his crew. He also jumped repeatedly in the air filling the room with energy and embraced attendees, it was as if he thought this was a concert performance. Unfortunately, because it's already hard to decipher his words, his misuse of this platform did not play to his benefit. We heard about five to six tracks and not all the way through as tunes began quickly and ended abruptly, cutting songs off before we could even catch a melody. Seldom did he take advantage of the mic outside of insisting that the music must be louder, though raising the volume did not help us hear him better.

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Amid all of the obstacles there was one song that stood out as a new banger for Desiigner titled "Day to Day." The hook was easy to catch and rhyme along with as the crowd joined in going crazy reciting the lines. The abrupt ending left most of us with feelings of dismay. Having had high hopes that the G.O.O.D. Music crew would push Desiigner's artistic development, the project sounded painfully reminiscent of another notable rapper. (Ahem, Future....)

Off the strength of "Day To Day," he certainly deserves a second listen and hopefully from our earphones or stereo system next time.

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