"Issues," featuring Big K.R.I.T. and produced by Southside, was an immediate standout on the tracklist of Azizi Gibson's new album, A New Life, and the song does not disappoint. The production is made up of a simple organ melody and heavy 808s, and the backdrop is suited for a track that's equal parts grit and inspiration.
"Issues" starts smoothly, as Gibson steadily drops off his signature low-pitched melodic raps. About halfway through, he jumps into a burst of heartfelt singing, before suddenly segueing into the hard-hitting hook in sync with a blast of the 808 Mafia siren for what is the track's most climactic moment. Big K.R.I.T. follows with an energized verse, painting a detailed picture of the hard-nosed determination that Gibson had relayed with his tempo-focused flow.
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Keep it one hunn'd from the start
Always get the money à la carte
Separate from the haters and the bitches 'cuz I made a move
And I made it far and I made a mark
And they devastated 'cuz I'm innovative
Bought the section and they never made it