“I don’t know much but I know myself” – Alexander Charles
No matter where we are in life, we can never forget our beginnings. It’s the signifier of our journey; a starting point that we may not always be able to return to in the flesh so we transform it into a state of mind. Alexander Charles, formerly known as Azar of the duo Ground Up, released Coconut Grove, a stellar 5 track EP. The title of the project is an ode to the Miami neighborhood that Charles calls his birthplace. The project itself, which is produced entirely by Bij Lincs, feels like a very personal project that explores various facets of man behind the mic. The lead single “Go Get That Money” is a by any means necessary hustler’s anthem featuring the sounds of a ukulele that gives the track a really chill vibe. Of all of the songs on the EP, “Neon”, featuring CJ Smith, is a high point on the project. With lines like “I might not make it, but I’m making due”, Alexander Charles gives the listener an insight into the his sense of self while other tracks such as “Love Me For Me” and “Better Days” offer introspective offerings that highlight how dope of a writer Charles is as an emcee and shows that he isn’t afraid to be transparent. As an EP, Coconut Grove is such a convincing offering, a full length project could take him to a higher level.
Website: Alexander Charles