Despite portraying himself as your typical American everyman, Detroit emcee and Mello Music Group artist Red Pill (Chris Orrick) is back on his music hustle with his new project, the Day Drunk EP. Out today, Nov. 27, Day Drunk, while only six tracks long, captures the same great relatable Red Pill from before over lovely mellow beats from producers and friends of MMG. Featuring quality content and coming just seven months after Look What This World Did To Us, Red Pill’s debut album, Day Drunk has the man being loyal to himself and his fans, delivering a fine product for the holidays to let us know he’s still around and still caring.
The EP features romantic beats that are meant for the listener to fall in love with and here, that’s ok because they combine the blessed sounds of gentle rhythms, comforting easygoing samples and skillful proven technique. The full cast of producers is as follows: Paul White, Alex Goose, Hir-O, Oddisee, Exile and Red Pill himself rounding out the list on the last track, “Day Drunk.”
Day Drunk begins by declaring war on asceticism on “What You Wish For” with the chorus line, “don’t work, just party,” but seriously, who couldn’t use a nice loosening break from the grinding everyday rat races? On “90s Money,” Red Pill does a little reminiscing and wilds out just a bit but with solid lyrics and rhymes, and in “Inside,” he retreats into his own natural inversion, content in being asocial for the time being. It’s a wholly honest admission, though maybe not the most healthy of practices.
The somber yet considerate “Fly on a Window” featuring emcee Blu is unpretentiously and organically story-like and conveys feelings of depression and gnawing concern for others, and in the same vein, “Porn & Milk” throws itself into the normal movements of day to day life as Red Pill traces his steps through an ordinary morning for him showing its silver lining in the hook as he hopes you can “forget about what’s on your mind and make believe the sun is only shining for you.”
The EP’s happy wind-down in “Day Drunk” is a cool, proper autumn bash with warm company and plenty of adult male party favors, impressively rapped and produced by Red Pill. Day Drunk is a strong, low period check-in for its author. It might feel a little lazy and lackadaisical, but it just proves that Red Pill is being true to his established style of chill reflection. It also works as an effective relaxing kickback record. Spending most of his time catching his breath and less on shaking up the system, Red Pill might want to consider following up Day Drunk with a more purposeful project with intense focus on examining the weak points of other societal institutions.