Review: Vic Smith – Mamie Lewis

"Slim chances, need answers, all in my feelings
Mamie Lewis made me do it..." - Almost Lost

When an emcee steps into the booth, it's like they become Superman, but alter egos have problems too. They can either grow to meet the pressure or succumb to it. Seeing that potential and failing to live up to it is one fear that every talent faces. To reach it takes self-discovery, self-love, drive, and hunger. Vic Smith's second album "Mamie Lewis" is a story of self-discovery, displaying the full potential of his art through the vulnerability of his voice. This project is dedicated and titled after Vic's late great Grandmother, who's inspiration and guidance have advanced him toward self-realization. While the album is not about her, her influence spiritually on the man and artist Vic Smith is becoming is a tribute to Mamie and his growth. "Mamie Lewis" is the rollercoaster of life, the ups, and downs, the wants and needs - with the realization of what is truly important, love, and respect.

"Writing verses, I'm alone in my whip
Thinking to myself that this world ain't shit
I need a lift, ain't no uber here
I really feel I'm losing fear
I could die a thousand deaths or simply choose to live" - I Don't Deserve

If this is your introduction, Vic Smith is an artist with incredible energy and tenor that can captivate a listener. While this album, in particular, is deep and introspective, it has the bounce and delivery of an artist who is comfortable with their craft. However, comfortable isn't complacent for Vic, as "Mamie Lewis" is all about breaking down barriers and experimenting to discover what is true. Lyrically, Vic takes leaps of faith with his expression on topics like police brutality, racial injustice, black entrepreneurialism, dichotomies in the black community, etc. Speaking through experience and through an empathy he shares, Vic Smith asks a lot of tough questions that help him discover his meaning and purpose. The raw feelings expressed on the album are necessary to his growth as a human and an artist, and it's always a pleasure when artists share that experience with us musically. Amidst the dark undertones of confusion and fear, "Mamie Lewis" is an uplifting, bright album that reveals a light at the end of the tunnel. For Vic, that light was great Grandmother, his guardian angel through this process.

The essence of your mind is key to your stress relief" - Money

Sonically, this is one the more complete works from Vic Smith. The "Mamie Lewis" tracklist is littered with ear candy, transitions into melodies, and bridges that encapsulate the mood of each track. Contributions from Adam Roose, LUXS, Dre Woods, Tanna Marie and Rachel Kapp provide an R&B feel to this project. The production on the album is dynamic because of different sounds that pull it together, with production credits to names like Eric G, and Blu Majic, and in-house producers from Full Circle Core Music Group like Noize and Vic Smith himself. The funky, soulful hiphop vibe sets the mood for Vic's poetics; the same raw emotion and energy you find in Vic's voice is also present in the production. Vic Smith's second album "Mamie Lewis" is available on all streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. 

Favorite Tracks: LiquidRogers, GHST, Read You

Production – 5/5 
Lyrics – 4/5 
Flow – 5/5 
Substance –5/5 
Feel – 5/5 
Originality: 4/5 
Longevity – 4/5 
Overall – 4.5/5

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