James Lanning is a Maryland-bred solo artist tackling mental health with music. James has spent the last 10 years living in New York getting inspired by storytelling and hip-hop which influence his tracks turning him into a brilliant lyricist that captures emotion. James shares his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts with the world to comfort those who are facing similar issues and to tackle the stigma around mental health and how it is treated. The rapper has recently released his latest single Berlin Blue.
Berlin Blue starts off with a repetitive radio sounding voice that eases you into James’s voice. The lyrics are raw, you can feel his pain and experience his feelings with him throughout the song. Berlin Blue keeps the same slow beat paired with James’s tone of voice and lyrics which gives the listener a melancholic feel.
Lanning recalls, “I don’t remember writing it, though I do remember the time surrounding it; plodding around Berlin in February hoping to find any way to stop the infinite loop of the same few thoughts that would consume every second of every day for over half a year.” This single is short but will leave you feeling emotional and wanting to listen to more of James’s work to enter his mind and understand the difficulties surrounding mental health.
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Review By: Sarah Perry