“I promise, I’m going to be here for awhile. Only if you let me and I’m lucky. From up here we can see over the clouds. Baby, what’s your preference? Do you love me?”
Saba has shown his songwriting versatility in the past — especially on “Whip (Areyoudown?)” off his 2014 project, Comfort Zone — but “Symmetry” is different, it’s a full-blown love ballad.
When I listen to songs like “Whip (Areyoudown?)” and “Symmetry” by Saba, I think about how much of an impact melody has on hip-hop today. But then I think about just how differently Saba approaches melody than other artists. Being a son of an R&B singer and a young fan of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony might be what makes Saba’s sound so unique. Saba doesn’t “harmonize” as much as most rappers today, it’s more like he’s simply rapping with a melody. And he’s doing it well.
I believe Saba is at his best being aggressive on the microphone with his ferocious flows but “Symmetry” is an example of how wide his range of artistry has grown since Comfort Zone. He refuses to be boxed in as an artist. And what’s scary is that he’s very much so still growing as an artist. The Bucket List is highly-anticipated with great expectations and I still would be surprised to be unimpressed with the project, whenever he chooses to release it.