Lil Takeover has just released a new record. Proceed with caution, as once you’re exposed to his sound, you won’t be able to put it out of your mind.
His influences are numerous, having moved around a lot growing up with his Haitian mother. Tapping into sounds from the likes of Miley Cyrus as well as The Beatles and the late XXXTentacion, Lil T.O relishes drawing inspiration from a variety of sources. The resulting effect is a unique and blended project fostered by Lil T. O’s intuitive approach. His most recent track “Beautiful” is exactly that.
His music gives him the opportunity to be vulnerable and this authenticity shines through in his latest record, where the final line in each verse “Isn’t life beautiful? I think that life is beautiful” delivers a sucker punch. As Lil T.O navigates sensitive topics such as suicide as well as familial death and disownment, he attempts to make sense of tragedy and the disjointed fragments of his own life experiences.
Reflecting on his life and work so far, Lil T.O says:
“Growing up I know I’ve always been sad and being a guy, you can’t really wear that on your sleeve. Then growing up, I just went through a lot of situations that just ultimately lead to me being where I’m at now… in a dark place. It’s like no matter how hard I try doing good, I’m still the bad guy in every situation and sometimes ignoring the little things don’t help. Dealing with suicidal thoughts and depression, I’d just keep everything to myself and I never knew how to express it better than writing it in music form”
His honesty is sure to embolden the next generation of young men, navigating a world in which toxic masculinity still dictates that they keep their emotional worlds hidden.