ANTHM - "Debbie" [prod. Blu]
ANTHM returned days after dropping "NINA" - the first single from the forthcoming collaborative project Handful Of Dust produced by Blu (aka Godlee Barnes) - to offer an ode to his younger sister on the occasion of her 11th birthday. "Debbie" finds another rapper dedicating a song to someone other than his haters or slain homies in a trend toward personal narrative that focuses on more than just a) the tender moments in life that are necessitated by the possibility of sexual conquest or b) the aftermath of gratuitous violence - a trend that has been picking up steam to the delight of fans craving a little more substance as of late. ANTHM details his hopes for a sister he looks upon with a measure of pride usually exclusive to fathers and the heat-resistant love of lifelong friends. He kicks an immense amount of joy across the track dense with piano chords. What you hear from him is a demonstration of brotherly love that is often absent in rap when men address women and probably has not been so neatly packaged and delivered since J-Live's "Like This Anna" - a track that is more a cautionary word for young women than the celebration of life we hear from ANTHM, but no less heartfelt. ANTHM drops a time capsule to stand for the length of their bond and beyond. Safe to say, this is a birthday gift his sister will never forget.