After years of hard work and dedication to his craft, rising Bay Area singer/songwriter Rodrael is ready to prove the value of his voice and message on his debut project, the Show ‘Em EP!
Rodrael intertwines social justice, motivation, and being positive in his EP Show’em. He begins the project with “Show’Em” ft. Young Gully, a song that is motivational in nature. The production mirrors a superhero theme song with its blaring horns and patriotic tone. He talks about his struggles and how he had to prove others wrong.
Moving along is a track for the ladies titled “You Deserve” in which he preaches about good girls being done wrong by players. He chastises men for their behavior and questions how they were raised, while he serenades a girl on how she should be treated. He pulls out a classic sample with Mariah Carey’s “Always Be my Baby” and adds in Queen Latifah’s hook from “U.N.I.T.Y.” “One by One” is a short interlude that hones in on the slayings of black youth. He begins the song with a speech from former President Obama on the importance of paying attention to these poor communities. The hook, which demonstrates Rodrael’s counting of those that have passed on, adds so much weight to the song. One really takes into account how many have died violently. He ends the song with another excerpt from a woman who found out her son was shot and killed and was not allowed to view his body at the scene.
“Sunlight” ft. Randall & Giselle is a slow tempo and modern gospel song. He reflects on the good on the world despite all the evil within it and doesn’t let the bad get him down. “Any Second” is sort of techno and spacey track, but caps off the album by illustrating where Rodrael is today. He reminisces about his teen and college days, as well as, his struggles. Now, he realizes it was all worth it as his hard work has paid off. The moral of the story is: any second could be your time to shine, so be prepared. The final track on the album is an alternate version of “Any Second” with a few nuances changed with the song. Show’Em is a great precursor into what fans can expect from the budding singer. Given his interest in social activism and music, he does a great job of combining those elements to create music that heals and inspires.