Don Julia Mani delivers an impressive project.
I can say with undeniable sincerity that I genuinely enjoyed this album by Don Julio Mani. Upon hearing his single “Sucka Shyt” I knew there was potential and how he approached his forthcoming album would decide my view of his trajectory. In essence, there was a level of unspoken pressure I placed on him but his album title alone lets you know how he handles it.
Pressure God is a 10-song, 27-minute journey throughout Mani’s mind, work ethic, lifestyle, and aspirations. The bookends, “Lasers” and “Italy” contrast his current place and where he would like to be. “Lasers” explores the dangers of D.C and how he navigates his neighborhood. He doesn’t have fear, but he’s also not the average guy around here.
“Italy” is the artist humorously leaning into a claim that he has become bougie and saying he’s gonna go to Italy. Given the D.C brunch culture I’m not saying I disagree with any thoughts of a resident being bougie, but hey man live how you live. “Fall Off” is the rapper being vulnerable, detailing those he has seen fall off and expressing how he doesn’t want to be one of those.
The strong point is his versatility found in his flows. He can use his voice in many different ways while remaining completely barred up. Though joined by three features, BdaGoat, Kruddy, and Pi$tol P, Don Julio truly stands out in a big way. I’m truly impressed, and I look forward to what’s coming next. It’s a quick listen, but boy if it doesn’t take you for a ride.
Check out Pressure God below.