Erik Tyler, a 22 year old Chattanooga native, dropped his EP, The Underdog, on Sunday. A combination of unique, modern beats along with Erik’s cool, calm and collected swagger bring together a truly stunning EP, especially for an artist so unknown to the general public.
The first track, “Sugar & Spice” shows off Erik’s lyrical ability. Erik spits confident, catchy lyrics over a simple, but hype arpeggiated beat. “The Money,” the second track, is slightly ominous but still embodies confidence, and introduces the versatility of his flow.
Erik likes versatility. He doesn’t want to sound like the average rapper, so he pushes the envelope with different sounds and flows, making each song its own special experience. Listen to the song “Chattanooga Rooftops” for example. The verses consist of a modern, synth-heavy rap beat with subtle lyrics, but the chorus switches into a swingy jazz hook filled with horns, and sung beautifully by Vanna Moua, another Tennessee native. The fifth track “Boyfriend” has a catchy guitar riff and awesome lyrical flow from Erik Tyler that makes this a fun, groovy tune, while “Gonna be Okay” is a slower, more intimate song that showcases the astonishing voices of Dustin Maynard and Nate Rose. “Miss Daisy” embodies this cool, calm, and collected suaveness that Erik possesses, and is also my personal favorite.
The Underdog is an EP packed with different sounds, structures and emotions. Erik Tyler may be an underdog now, but if he continues to showcase his originality in both sounds and lyrics he will continue to gain momentum, opening up a world of opportunities.
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