Into The D.A.R.K.NESS is a new album from the hip hop artist known as YT (real name Austin Arndt). The album lives up to its name, offering up a dark and atmospheric ambiance. It’s like hip hop with the sounds of a haunted mansion in the background. Musically, it ranges from quietly suspenseful to lively and crisp. YT has a tight, clean delivery at the climactic points of the songs and otherwise maintains a chill and strategically eerie rhyming presence. It’s easy to focus on the backing music, which is refreshingly and unusually unique for a hip hop album, but what’s incredible is that YT is such a talented rapper that his skills manage to outshine the hauntingly thematic backdrop. While the album is dark, it isn’t depressing. YT makes what is known as “recovery music,” which helps people (and himself) cope with issues they may be struggling with, though this is done in a very subtle and non-preachy way. The production and mix on this release are also top notch. This guy knows what he’s doing.
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