This rising young Australian rap artist has already had an interesting life: beginning his music career at the tender age of eleven, living in London and Italy and returning to Australia to fulfil his dreams of becoming a new creative force on the Australian music scene. And if the reaction to his debut track, Kinda Funny is any indication, he’s well on his way to achieving his goals. Kinda Funny introduced Envee to a global audience and did exceptionally well at radio and on all streaming platforms. This latest, Life OfEnvee, is set to do the same, if not exceed that. And it’s easy to understand why. As the title suggests, Life Of Envee is a personal story transformed into vital, contemporary musical art. Sure there are some clever pop hooks here also but the main focus, of course, is Envee’s ability to harness his feelings and emotions to conjure the world of a young urbanite, trying to make his way in life; trying to understand life. There are moments of piercing honesty, fascinating fortitude and searing insight. And this all delivered with an impassioned, starkly resonating attitude from Envee, one that is both disarming and highly engaging. One of the most revealing lines appears in the second verse, where Envee says, ‘give me a paper, give me a pen, paint me a picture, paint me a friend’, this line seems to encapsulate Envee’s concerns, as well his artistic drive, which is alluded to as a means of juxtaposing the anguish and heartache he has felt through his life, to the imperative to create. Supporting this candid exploration of the self is Sam Antony’s noteworthy production. Envee’s meditations have received the perfect sonic treatment here; there are subtle textures that never take the focus away from the main engine of the track, and the hooks that are here are laid bare but done so tastefully, with as much soul as Envee’s performance and observations. Life Of Envee will no doubt reinforce Envee’s standing as a fresh young musical force to watch.