Baltimore native, serpentwithfeet, born Josiah Wise, has released a new song with an unanticipated, but surprisingly complimentary, collaborator: Ty Dolla $ign. The single, titled “Receipts” is in line with serpentwithfeet’s previous work which involves experimental, yet carefully structured R&B songs. The artist's Wiki page boasts a plethora of widely spaced-out genres in which he dabbles in, including electronic, gospel, experimental, r&B, and neo-soul. So it’s pretty fascinating to see Ty flex his musicality into this context, when usually it’s being employed on Top 40 pop songs or blockbuster rap records. The song is serpentwithfeet’s first new music since the release of his significant 2018 LP Soil.
The song is narrative, with Wise and Ty dueting as its two protagonists. Wise explained how the song came about in a statement: “I began writing ‘Receipts’ when I first moved to Los Angeles last summer, I played an early demo for Ty Dolla $ign and he asked to join me on the track. This song carries a lot of weight for me because it’s a snapshot of two brothers rhapsodizing about unforeseen romance. Ty is a huge part of my LA story so ‘Receipts’ feels like a perfect document.” The song is serpentwithfeet’s first new music since the release of his significant 2018 LP Soil.
Was it the hummingbird, that gave you the word?
Or the father of three, that poured the tea?
Who gave you permission to beg me?
Was it the doorman, that gave you my floorplan?
Or the anthems of hope that populate the morning?