The Calm is a 16 track mixtape, which contains a handful of self-produced tracks along with production from Francis Got Heat and Showboiz. The Calm is a very heartfelt and mature piece of work with very little features, which is a refreshing change from the work of artists in his age bracket.
A standout track is I Don’t Want to Be, a track that samples Gavin DeGraw's hit of the same name and addresses the issues of racial profiling and gun violence in River’s community of Mississauga, Toronto. It is one of the most sincere and relevant tracks of the mixtape. Another standout is Rise and Fall, in which River’s showcases his raspy flow accompanied by soothing piano chords. The track gives a feeling of a hip-hop lullaby, but stays on balance with the lyricism present throughout the rest of the mixtape.
John River’s ability to mesh soulful beats with his awesome flow while not skimping on lyrical content makes him a force to be reckoned with and a cool new talent to watch.
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