Young Lungs celebrated another year of life yesterday. He’s 17 now. With some fixes here and there and a smidgen of luck, he won’t be asking blogs to cover his material by the time he passes 20. We’ll feel obligated to do so the second his songs drop.
Plenty of artists mark their birthdays with a gift to fans: tracks, album announcements, artwork unveilings, whatever. Lungs released the telling “Empty” using similar rhetoric, though the song’s contents — in the context of Lungs’ young career — is anything but typical.
He’s honest about his failures and owns up to them: “And I’m sending them submissions everybody turn ’em down/but don’t let it get me down./I be taking all the feedback and improving on my sound.” Moments later, he’ll change his stance and look to the present and near-future. More people f*ck with him, as evidenced by this post, and more still will follow.
Producer Cian P, who has laced the teenage rapper with soundscapes again and again, once more provides instrumentation. Strings swell softly. Eerie chimes, complemented by backing vocalist Echo, carry the beat’s weight. The sounds bear a resemblance to a mellowed Eminem song, before Eminem started creating reliably lackluster music. (This isn’t the first time I’ve compared a Lungs/Cian P collab to an Em track, but I don’t think that hurts the perceived quality of their work.)
Stream “Empty” below and take a minute to contemplate your past and future.