Artistnameleon returns fire with December 2019’s “Locked In,” flexing next-level preparedness for the coming decade that his detractors simply aren’t ready for. If we’re judging this piece by its cover alone, Leon’s listeners can forecast another smooth banger—nothing surprising there—his affinity for quality content is attested by three solid, full-length projects with eye-catching concept art and fresh stylistic blends. This time, however, be very afraid; Artistnameleon is back on his wave. On the surface, this single provides everything we’ve come to expect from legendary artists: production quality, heavy percussion, timeless melodies. Perhaps even more impressive, though, is his knack for combining listenability with lyricism; slant rhyming such phrases as “we all about ownership” and “they wanna beef, well, I send my condolences.” Leon’s multi-faceted vocals, combined with J Patterns’ production work, truly lock the listener into a hypnotic vibe that has all the makings of a 2020 hit.
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