Lil Aaron dropped his first new music of 2019 and it is unlike anything Aaron has released thus far. The Boyfriendz member and LA ghostwriter turned rapper has always had a knack for writing catchy lyrics and pairing them perfectly with trap beats blended with pop punk sensibilities; more or less creating his own subgenre in the process. However, on “Dark Matter”, which dropped January 24th, 2019, Lil Aaron has decided to release a more intimate and mature EP, proving that he cannot be confined by stylistic conventions. 

While the EP may only consist of six songs, they are six of Lil Aaron’s best songs. On this release, Aaron’s songwriting has improved dramatically compared to his last album, ROCK$TAR FAMOU$. No longer does his sound employ the same juvenile lyrics or god complex that is extremely rampant on his last release, which really dragged down most of the album, rather, the EP is much more focused on themes dealing with Lil Aaron’s growth as a person and as a musician. It feels like Lil Aaron is at his most vulnerable and personal and because of this, this EP contains some of his best lyrical content. The cover for the release also shows Aaron’s signature long green hair cut off and sitting in a sink, letting the fans know, even before they start the music, that this is going to be different from the typical Lil Aaron release. 

The EP begins with the song “Hurts” with SoundCloud crooner Lil Soda Boi featured at the beginning of the song and he sets the mood for Lil Aaron’s most personal song as of yet. On the track, Aaron explores topics such as drug addiction, heartbreak and finding his place as a musician in an overcrowded and over-saturated market. The next two songs also use similar dark production to help complement Lil Aaron’s dark, lyrical imagery that is very reminiscent of a GBC release. The EP does find itself changing its sound to a more traditional Lil Aaron sound with the song “Tonite I feel Like Dying”, which features Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. From this song on forward, the EP finds itself using more of Lil Aaron’s pop punk sound that his fans are used to and even though the change in sound is drastic, it honestly helps the EP, rather than hindering it. 

This is an unexpected and mature release from Lil Aaron that really helps set himself apart from most of his SoundCloud contemporaries. While it may only be six tracks, this lil taste of Lil Aaron’s future sound is more than just intriguing and hopefully whatever Lil Aaron releases next, will be of the same caliber as this EP.