Fresh off of his single “Wouldn’t Do That” featuring Summrs, Emorysofye is already right back at it with the release of his latest offering “Reasons to Hate” — a blissful track showcasing Emory’s confidence and impressive knack for melody. 

The single features a dynamic verse from Detroit’s Braxton Knight and equally dynamic production in its own right courtesy of Devstacks. Throughout the track, it effectively entrances the listener due to its impressive sonic density, contrasting with the generally minimalistic nature of hip-hop from a wider perspective.

The track begins with a gradual speed-up that effectively transitions into the track’s lead melody. This provides a vivid feeling of ascension and contributes to the celestial vibe of the song. Once the drop hits, Emory starts singing immediately — making use of a variety of vocal takes, stereo separation, and harmony to create a sound that envelopes the listener. 

In a way, Emory’s vocal stylings are acutely reminiscent of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound technique, as both utilize vocal layering as a means by which to maximize the stereo feel of a song, thereby creating a more immersive track. 

The track’s production also contributes to this immersive nature, making use of a feathery arpeggio, a barrage of percussion, and a lowkey bassline. While many artists prefer less dense production, both Emory and Braxton Knight excel over the beat, utilizing their voices as instruments that pair seamlessly. 

Regarding Braxton’s verse, his delivery is more direct and rapid, providing an adequate contrast with Emory. However, near the end of his verse, he delivers a set of larger-than-life vocal riffs, which effectively cadence out the track. 

“Reasons to Hate” is as charming as it is silky and moving. Both Emory and Braxton Knight’s verses are excellent, providing just enough contrast to keep the listener intrigued, but enough similarities to provide a sense of cohesion. Devstacks’ production is equally masterful, fulfilling a vibe that very few artists could match. With both Emory and Braxton matching that energy to a high degree throughout, the track is the ideal start to both artists’ presumably busy and quality-filled year to come.