When it comes to his core fans, Englewood’s own Sulé has long been recognized for his ability to deliver deep rap cuts and melodic, upbeat party tracks. Summer 2016 he put the world on notice with the hilarious “Petty” and nostalgic “Pull Up On You” featuring Devina Burn. Both of which are among his most streamed on Soundcloud, sitting at 135k and 594k respectively. Well, it’s no coincidence the weather is getting a little better as we’ve got another one from the dreadlocked assassin, titled “Xo.”
The chorus captures the essence of the song, reflecting on a true love that feels lost and he’s longing for it. “I’d always knew you’d be my Mrs., hugs and kisses, never thought we would predict this made a difference, all she wanted was attention, you on my wishlist, girl you got me in my feelings, you the realest.” It’s reflective, but simultaneously conveys the idea he may be pulling up yet again. When it’s real, you gotta shoot that shot. I feel it.
Producer LxngWayHome arranged the ideal beat, booming enough to appeal to the Hip-Hop community and bright enough for the Pop aficionados. He shows off the vocals, but verse two sees the 24-year-old revert back to his rap roots with an elite Jill Scott reference. “She got the key that’s to my heart, combination is still locked, when I ran into this happiness, honestly still shocked, she said that I should wait, second date but I still popped, backstage at my performance she gave me that Jill Scott.”
He pays homage to one of the leaders of the modern day autotune wave A Boogie as well, cleverly flipping his song “Drowning” to describe how he used to have his girl feeling. There’s certainly some depth to this track, and neither lyricism nor content are sacrificed even in the use of a sound that is more mainstream.
It’s Sulé’s first single of the year and he’s full steam ahead. With a co-sign from fellow Jerseyians Coi Leray, who has blown up on a national scale, and Fetty Wap it’s clear the state is behind him. He’ll have the chance to take over NYC with a set at the legendary SOB’s in April, then will come back home to NJ the following day. What’s next?
For now, check out “Xo” below.