John Villagran (better known by the stage name Lil Lotus) has shared with us all ‘All My Little Scars, Vol. 1’, the first instalment in a three-part series of EPs.
Although he’s previously shunned the ’emo rap’ label that he’s been associated with, the Dallas singer/songwriters style certainly does fall into this seemingly rising genre. Still, regardless of how you label it, ‘All My Little Scars, Vol. 1’ sows emotive lyrics into a bed of hip-hop beats that flower into something quite unlike anything else.
The EP starts out strong, with ‘Rigor Mortis’ easing us in with a sound that’s more conventionally emo, with stand-out lyrics such as “We don’t wanna die, but we all gotta go sometimes” delivered with the power of genuine, raw emotion. ‘I Don’t Even Like U’ is more befitting of the tone one would expect from hip-hop infused pop-punk. You get the feeling that his true voice is breaking through with this track, performing with the ease of an artist truly comfortable in their own skin.
Unfortunately, things weaken with the second half. ‘Last One’ and ‘Never Felt Better’ are tracks more reflective of the laziness that often sees emo rap fall victim to fierce criticism. The overly repetitive choruses that loop throughout the EP are harder to ignore in its final moments when there are fewer layers to distract from this.
With any luck, Lil Lotus will expand on the vigour displayed in the first half of ‘All My Little Scars, Vol. 1’, and continue to push the boundaries of modern emo without falling too deeply into the trap of instrumental idleness.
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