The Eagle is landing soon as fans digest one of the first focus tracks titled “Numerology” from the long-anticipated upcoming album titled “Green” scheduled for release on March 18, 2022.
Building up to the release, Shane drops a “Green” freestyle directly from his platforms to his fans as a promo for what can be expected in his album. The freestyle is accommodated by a sincere visual delivery of intimate glimpses into his view of the simplicity of life and pulls on the heartstrings of his audience. Following his debut album “Yellow”, Shane’s second album “Green” is intended to build a colour scheme for his modus operandi of writing, engineering, and compiling his albums, which differs from his approach to mixtapes like “Never Grow Up” and “Dark Moon Flower”.
The colour “Green” also pertains to a musical time capsule for a new season or “era of thought” that the artist imprints in his career – which represents a meeting point for years of manifestation turned to fruition and restoration. There is also an equal play on “Green” exemplifying interpretation and contrasts of both the natural and virtual world – where songs like “War Paint” and “Sistine Chapel” embody a true artists role and honest connection to his art form, by using his tongue as a tool for protest in recurring injustices relevant to the time we find ourselves in. On the latter, the serious messages are balanced by the playful virtual world of gaming and advancement of technology in songs like “Metal Slug” and “To Be Frank” as palate cleansers in the midst of intentional bars and thought-provoking topics.
The album also touches on certain milestones the artist has reached as he breaks down his connection to Dreamville artists and aspirations of working with artists like J.Cole in the song “Break the Loop”; and “Memory” reflects his journey up to this point. Having simultaneously experienced loss and grief during the highlight of his career, Shane pays homage to his father by using sound clips from recorded anecdotes of his life inherited by Shane in his passing, and is used in the song “Moving Spirit”. The theme of mental health is therefore imperative to mention as the artist talks us through sometimes troublesome thoughts which occur in mourning, as he opens up his album with the song titled “Paranoia”; and finds his clarity on this trail of revelation in the track “Road Signs”.
In order to bring all these messages and sounds together in a cohesive body of work, Shane has worked with an array of talented and renowned producers from across the globe such as; LIKE Monte Booker, Navy Blue, Hakeem the Cipher, SwaggyB, KdaGreat, Sriram Iyer, Christo, including rising South African producers; Lost Boy, EXT, and KKtha1st and key features from rapper redveil and movie star Omari Hardwick.
Visually, all artwork and art direction have been carefully curated under Shane’s hands-on direction, working closely with long-time partner and artist Nicole Swartz.
The visuals currently in production as focus tracks to release after the album will include “War Paint”, “Not for Sale” and “To Be Frank” and a short film and mini-documentary arranged with “Numerology” as the backtrack. This will be promoted in upcoming pop-ups, listening sessions, and events around South Africa and brought full circle with an international “Green” tour planned for early 2023.