Though we still don't know why it's called "Red Room"
Regarded by Migos fans as the most lyrically gifted, Offset's first single from his upcoming solo LP, titled "Red Room," is a harrowing, poetic expose that serves as an emotional catharsis for the rapper.
"I like to throw up when I think about the crash," Offset raps on the chorus, reflecting on his near-fatal car crash last year. "Not playin' when I hit the tree I smell the gas, lookin' at the sky, think about my past." In the single's accompanying music video, the crash is graphically reenacted, with Offset stumbling away from the wreckage as he did back in May. Offset also discusses his chaotic upbringing, his time in prison, and his battle with drug abuse.
While Offset's album was originally slated for a December 14th release date, the day came and went with no album, and with no clarifying statement from the rapper or his team. "Red Room" was also originally released on November 30, but was retracted 24 hours later due to what a representative called a "tech issue." The album is now slated for release on February 22nd, and the project is set to complete the trilogy of solo releases from the Migos, with Quavo and Takeoff's lukewarm solo efforts having been released this past fall. If "Red Room" is any indication of what's to come, we can expect a more cohesive and focused project from Offset than the flaming garbage Takeoff and Quavo presented. Considering the slew of drama that embroiled Offset last year, it will be interesting to see how/if the rapper will address any of it. Check out the eerie music video above.
Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area, Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.
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