Arzu “Come Back”

I have had the pleasure of receiving the latest single from female Persian rapper, Arzu or also known as Ari. “Come Back” is the follow-up single from Arzu’s widely successful debut release, “Persian Drip”. This track, however, instead of focussing on Ari’s insane rhymes and intense subject matter, Ari pens “Come Back” as a tribute to her mother who she tragically lost recently. Utilizing her ability to blend rich metaphor, and vibrant imagery, Arzu decides for this offering to be more direct and wear her emotions right out in front so the audience can be part of her grieving and empathize with her; “I miss my light, and I really can’t believe, so hard to fight, tell me why did you have to leave.” As she juggles with the guilt and the understandable desire to trade her life for her mothers,”Come Back” is a reflection piece of her peer group wanting to know when Ari will “Come Back” to them, and escape this downward spiral of torment. As a rap track, Arzu incorporates a melodic approach by filling the chorus sections with pop-inspired vocal lines, really showcasing her talents as a vocalist instead of purely a rapper. However, in the verse sections of this track, listeners are dumbfounded by the blazing speed and precision Arzu possesses as she delivers her well-crafted narrative, while always staying true to the underlying theme of the track. As a comparison to her debut single “Persian Drip,” Arzu incorporates more instrumentation and melodies with “Come Back.” The underlying bass groove and deep funk mixed in by the percussion is still present as Arzu is crafting her art for the club mixes and dance floors. “Come Back” can be considered a great addition to any urban commercial radio format, as she crafts sing-along choruses, infectious beats, and a melody line that is catchy and dynamic. Although a quick Google search has turned up many other female Persian rappers, I believe Arzu possesses a bit more of that street sense rap which gives her credibility, instead of merely a marketing tool, making her a true candidate for the only legitimate contender. The aggressive tone which she portrays strikes a defiant tone that captures the true essence of freestyle hip-hop. The well-crafted beats and synth samples are tastefully executed and the mix is professional and mature, allowing “Come Back” to be played at high volumes without being muddled or distorted. Although the subject matter of “Come Back” is depressing, grim, and morose, Arzu has presented an enjoyable tribute to her late mother, one which audiences also suffering from loss can grab hold onto, and share the grief.

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