Masicka shows that he is a lyrical wizard with his latest release, 16-track album, “438.”
The dancehall artiste moves the genre forward with the masterpiece. It is a storytelling piece with melodic and metaphoric stanzas. Masicka’s fourth album, a ghetto youth hymnbook, still has parables for every kind of fan.
His latest single, “Suicide Note,” speaks about persevering through the hard times and fighting personal demons. It is fitting for the mentally grueling days of the pandemic when suicide rates have spiked and economic times have hardened. The official video for the track has been viewed more than one million times after only being on YouTube for six days.
“All when mi wings dem broken mi still fly, if faith nuh move di mountain mi still try, you nuh see say man chosen,” Masicka sings in “Suicide Note.”
The artiste told reporters that 438 is an angelic number, which is “full of positive meaning, prosperity and optimism.”
In a digital era where trends flood the market, Masicka proves that his talent overpowers the short attention spans of the new millennia. Making an album with 16 tracks is a risk, but his narration perks the interest of listeners and keeps them wanting more.
Masicka has kept fans waiting for “438.” The artist released his first album, “U.F.I. Riddim,” an EP in 2015. Two years later, he released “Sticky Road Riddim” and “Start From the Grung” in 2018.
On “438,” there are “gal tunes” like “Love Story,” where Masicka tells the tale of the end of a gangster’s love affair. He is also joined on “Moments” for a steamy collaboration with U.K. dancehall baddie Stefflon Don. His lyrics create erotic scenes in “Highlight,” and he praises the female’s physical assets in “Quality,” featuring Sean Paul.
As expected, the new album also has hardcore songs like “Vanish” and “Contract Killer.”
Masicka ends the album with a track that has been in heavy rotation, “They Don’t Know,” where he sings about overcoming poverty and other qualms of life.
“How dem a gwan like me nuh hungry before. How dem a gwan like me nuh stumble before,” Masicka sings.
“438” is a Jamaican art form that depicts resilience, versatility and steadfastness. It’s a classic.