Pop singer Mike Posner and rapper Blackbear have collaborated on a multidimensional musical project titled ‘Mansionz’.
The duo has just released their first album as Mansionz that is self-titled and let me tell you it is good. These two guys are a musical match made in heaven, combining Posner’s melodic and smooth vocals with Blackbear’s sultry and deep verses form unique and alternative sounds with each track on the album. Posner and Blackbear have established reputations in the music industry, Posner as the two hit wonder with “Cooler Than Me” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Blackbear as “that guy that wrote Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’.” So what happens when two pop princes get together and try to shed their shallow reps? The answer is a 51 minute journey through the unexpected. Nowhere is this more evident than track 5, “i’m thinking about horses”, in which Posner and Blackbear launch into a powerful spoken word about God, sexuality, and seamlessly, horses. At the end of the 6-minute piece is the best of Blackbear’s crisp production skills with a heavy electronic outro. The pair effectively rebrand themselves with this project (they even dyed their hair green), and its genre-fluidity is unable to be ignored.
Within this album, the pair plays with each and every genre imaginable. Tracks like “STFU,” “Rich White Girls,” and “Gorgeous, are your clear cut r&b ballads staying true to the style of Blackbear and Posner, but “Wicked” renders a more 80s feel with its synth-pop beat and vocals. “Strip Club,” “Dennis Rodman,” “White Linen” and “A Million Miles” border alternative, pop, and rock all in one. Beautiful and infectious beats produced by Blackbear make these songs memorable and very evidently one of a kind.
The album’s lack of noteworthy features, excluding G-Eazy’s contribution to “Wicked,” prove Mansionz ability to carry their talent independently. Their new name may make then unrecognizable to fans at first, but they don’t need their own name, or anyone else’s, to take them far. This album is a multidimensional and moving attempt by these artists to recreate themselves while still remaining genuine. Their alternative take on the r&b and hip-hop genre is refreshing, to say the least, and their adamancy to break any and all genre-barriers they come across is musically revolutionary.
Listen to the full album above.