Nov. 16, 2018 08:47AM EST
If you want to slow it down just a notch, "I Am" is definitely for you.
Save from dropping a few songs and a music video for the Reason-featuring "Guess What I'm Doing," it's been a quiet year for the member for the South African rapper Uno July.
<p>"I Am" goes against the grain. It's December, and people are <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/south-african-songs-summer-2018/" target="_blank">jamming to up-tempo light-hearted songs</a>, but the MC, who's always been an outlier, drops a smoothie. "I Am" sees the MC spit introspective melodic rhymes over spacious keys, and a healthy bassline that feels like winter, over muffled drums. </p><p><em>"I am underrated, underpaid, with the undying belief that I'm the greatest,"</em> he raps. He closes the song by paying homage to his mother who has been supportive in his career: <em>"I am en existence of my mother's daily prayers/ My backbone and confidante when nobody else cared."</em> He tells his life story, citing being an underground mainstay with Ill Skillz, being a visionary, being flawed, and making sure to not lose focus through all hurdles. </p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p>If you want to slow it down just a notch, "I Am" is definitely for you. </p><p>Listen to "I Am" below or <a href="https://soundcloud.com/uno-july/i-am" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-soundcloud"> <iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https://soundcloud.com/uno-july/i-am" width="100%" height="480" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6d0aa385e9e7a1e7f93c9b44dcbf1311"></iframe> </p>
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