Columbia Records’ Raury threw listeners for a loop yesterday with his release of “Butterfly.” The single brings a darker side of the Atlantan to light—one that we have seen hints of before, but has never been fully fleshed out. Raury opens the song singing over a dreamy synth beat. The lyrics are distinctly different to the usual; Raury sings “sometime I have visions of a suicide…take it away.” When the jarring beat drop hits, Raury changes speed and starts to rap over an 808-style instrumental that could be the hardest we have yet heard from him.
Throughout the course of the single, Raury opens up and bears a vulnerable side of himself, detailing everything from suicide and depression to people who cast doubts over his burgeoning career. The 2015 XXL Freshman approaches “Butterfly” from an angle that contrasts his previous work heavily, but also allows listeners a glimpse inside his mind via a song that is well-worth a listen. Stream the song below.