Pretty Drugs is Lynden’s first Studio mixtape after his joint album with Trane, Land of the Vale in early 2019. The album introduced him to a lot of media hype as they attended and received mention-able interviews and airplay. For some of us we got to know Lynden before the Land of the Vale album with Trane and that was when he dropped his single Live Yeah. A very melodic trap sound very bold and full of potential and life. So it’s no surprise that he hasn’t looked back and is en route to bigger and prettier things you may say.
For those not in the know Lynden is born Lynden Anesu Lungu born and raised in the City of Kings also known as Bulawayo which happens to be Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The 20 year old attended Khumalo Primary School before finishing his high school at Gifford high School. His interest in music began in 2014 when he became a drummer in the church band and before long he had also learnt how to play the bass guitar. But it wasn’t until 2016 when he got his hands on his first version of Fruity Loops that he started making beats. By the end of 2017 he was an established beat maker, producing for countless artists in the city such as Jilly Tha Black, Pharoah, Carnot, iCon King Krav, Heavy Steve and he also Produced for Nasty Records as he carefully carved his name in the game.
According to Lynden, “Pretty Drugs is a story with two fillers. Solitude (intro) is how I convey (as a human being) that I would not really want to be alone. We get to Purr (interlude) which is the first filler. It talks about when women come at us and offer themselves to us (males), it’s difficult for us to say no and how man have that problem and that challenge. And then you get to the actual track that’s the main story of what Pretty Drugs is and what it does to a person. Then when it comes to Friends (interlude) it’s the second filler. It talks about how man can also be people who realise that they can also say no to women and that man can literally not use woman too… it talks about how man can be in better relationships that they choose to be in. Track 5 is a resolve. Going clean is more like the resolve to say I do not want to be this person. Then the bonus track is DNA which is put in a provocative manner and with that I was saying I don’t want to F**k no slaves. Slaves are the worst thing to have. There are people with a slave mentality and once they rope you in and pull you in you really can’t escape it”.
Pretty Drugs Mixtape was released on the 25th of May 2019 with a six song track list consisting of 5 main songs and one bonus track. Production was done at Phat Sound Music under Lynden‘s developing label – WreckersVale Entertainment. Mixing and Mastering was done by Lynden himself as well as the production management & conducting. The project features two of Lynden‘s signed Artists, Thandazani Khoza aka Xani & a shadow artist – Badman Tellem.
So what’s the significance of this project you may ask? Well, Lynden says “I put this project together because I felt a lot of my guys are trapped by the idea of having or pleasing women. So I was tired of that and felt I had to tell it like it is…Pretty Drugs got my Ni**as living on their knees. Basically the album is about toxic relationships. It’s about how I am trying to go clean from toxic relationships which are just based on things like how beautiful a girl is (for example). But I’m trying to get into something that’s deeper than that, something that I can enjoy. So, when I put together Pretty Drugs I was actually trying to talk about my friends and myself and the lifestyle in Bulawayo where guys are basically trying to get some girl out there and nobody is really living or achieving for themselves. I was really hoping to get that message out to say a guy can say no with tracks like Friends. It’s not every time that when a girl comes to you, you have to say yes. With tracks like Pretty Drugs you have to say it out, coz with some of these girls anything is a drug the moment it becomes toxic to you and it can come in the form of Pretty Drugs.”
As for his sound, the 20 year old rapper/producer and record label front man believes his sound is experimental. “My sound is vast. I do old school, mix it with new school and contemporary. It’s basically experimental.” A lot of people have likened him to J Cole, Russ and even Kendrick Lamar but we hear a lot of Travis Scott in there too. Bottom line, Lynden is very talented and definitely in a global league where it’s all about making great music with great content no matter the resources or where you are from. Overall he is an amazing artist who is very focussed and at 20 years of age is already in the future. Pretty Drugs is dope. Too short… but sweet! And why should you listen to it? Let’s let Lynden say it, “I bring the fire but everybody does but I like to converse and connect. So listening to me (Lynden) is like getting in touch with the soft spot between brain, heart and the soul.”
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