Following his debut album “Pacific Coast Pharaoh”, Dylan Sesco releases his second project in 6 months, the Good Villain EP. Sesco explained the central themes of the EP, saying its about, “The moments of hopelessness, the moments of aggression, the moments of standing on the edge, the moments of arrogance and feeling invincible, and the moments where you doubt every move.”
Dylan Sesco is not afraid to get deep; at this point a lot of his young-man wildness has been replaced by a mature understanding of life’s cyclical nature. Lyrically complex and leaning heavily on dark and somber beats with a soulful twist, Sesco’s voice, social commentary, and wicked on-and-off again flow, will make you feel and believe him, unlike most icy, studio rappers today.
What’s so admirable about Dylan Sesco is that when he raps he never tries to impress anybody. He just gets the job done in the best possible way and his message across. From start to finish, you will be listening to the entire EP containing 6 songs, and there will be no need to skip over a single song.
Your favorite songs on here could just depend on what mood you’re in (which is true of any classic recording). If you’re in the mood for street rhymes, go for “Fuel The Fire” and “Shot In The Air”. In the mood to just chill? Check out “Don’t Belong Here” which will get you remembering the things you did right or wrong in your life. Or if you are in the mood to just reflect on life and the state of things, check out the song “Caught Up In The Moment”. Want something cinematic and epic in delivery? Then switch to “Treasure Island”.
It’s been a while since I was hit with something this heartfelt and sincere from a young rapper, and it’s really hard to define exactly what gives this EP so much impact. But it’s definitely about Dylan Sesco and his display of emotion over the course of the Good Villain EP. Yes, the production is extremely good, but it is also very much secondary to the lyrics here. As Sesco uses the lyrics to weave a disturbing, almost heart-wrenchingly truthful portrait of what it means to be on the edge of opposite extremes, from fortitude to irresolution.
Though never over the top, without a doubt, Dylan Sesco definitely does hold his own and has a commanding mic presence. For anyone who’s tired of hearing rappers telling us about how much Gucci they have, Sesco is the answer. He came back after his debut album with totally contrasting themes, with different resources to expand his sound, and it comes off great as a whole. The Good Villain EP album stands as a true testament to Dylan Sesco’s prowess as an upcoming Hip-hop artist on the Vertlife Entertainment label.