Making his HNHH debut, Mari checks in with introspective track "The Dilemma," a vintage throwback with a distinctive NYC-in-the-'90s feel. Shit's illmatic.
Big L affiliate Lord Finesse lays down a fine piece of jazzy smoov boom bap production, setting the scene for Mari's philosophical reflections. A NYC resident by way of Chicago, Mari contemplates what constitutes the good life, framing the moral quandry in religious terms. The song is most easily read as his wondering how he should approach his music career, as he is bound to the hustle and the pursuit of wealth but also seeking personal artistic fulfillment.
Thoughtful yet playful, "The Dilemma" is a compelling description of what it feels like to stand at a fork in the road...
It used to be horseplay, but now niggas play horse
I shoot you shoot, yeah life is a race course
We pacing the highway to heaven, nigguh
Roll the die for a snake eye or a 7, nigguh