Just two years on the hip hop scene, Gage Tielr is steadily earning recognition as an up-and-coming talent. The Worcester, Massachusetts rapper’s two recent self-released singles, “Flight” and “Emblem,” have generated modest positive response, with the latter garnering the most prominence thus far. Both singles are to be included in Tielr’s debut EP, With Love, which is slated for release in September.
As it should be, “Emblem” does its job as With Love’s carrier single. By its foundation of classic jazz-inspired samples, Tielr conveys a carefree attitude, cemented by an accumulated effort despite a large presence of cynics. In doing so, he strives to plant a visual tag to signify an undeterred success. The song’s accompanying video also works in expanding on this concept, adding a humorous and, to an extent, humbler touch on his newfound outlook. Given what’s currently on offer, I look forward to listening to how Tielr can further flesh out these aspects on his forthcoming release.
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