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Local rap artist enters “Metamorphosis”

Compared to his previous work, Michael Myerz’ latest album is aptly titled “Metamorphosis.” While many things about this album carry over from earlier albums, the image it projects is definitely far from what has been seen so far. The nerdy side of Myerz isn’t really a strong presence here. This album is more about growing up and moving on.

One constant, though, is Myerz reference to his Jewish background. The first track, “Yom Kippur,” is one of the most obvious references. In Jewish culture, Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement when followers fast and repent of their sins again God.

The track starts with Myerz’ declaration that he has to move on and away from here then transitions to apologies and confessions.

“I’m sorry for speakin’ and what I believe,” he says. “I’m sorry for doin’ what I want and trying to be me.”

This is a very deep song, especially for a first track. He touches issues affecting the music industry.

“I’m sorry for false accusations and all the beefin’,” he says.

And he touches on issues that resonate in our society as a whole.

“I should be a lot more thankful, but I’m not alone in this world because we’re all ungrateful,” he points out.

By the end of the track, Myerz makes it clear that sometimes for things to get better sometimes you have to remove yourself from the situation.

He follows his laundry list of apologies, confessions and requests for forgiveness with, “I’m leaving 309 Rosedale Place in December.”

If this track doesn’t sound intense enough already, check out the video.

It’s not often that an opening track makes such an intense impression. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album, and it hasn’t even really gotten started yet. Of the albums 12 tracks, most are as serious as “Yom Kippur.”

Tracks four and six are dedicated to Valdosta and Roswell, respectively.

“Valdosta” questions the value of a college education in general and localizes even further as he talks about his own experiences and observations at VSU. In his time here, he’s seen people who should be acting as adults who apparently never grew up. Remember when he said he was leaving Rosedale? He’s leaving Valdosta entirely. You can learn more about one reason in this track.

His home town of Roswell isn’t much better. In track six, “Roswell,” Myerz says that he won’t be returning home after leaving Valdosta, either.

“Got no plan, but I ain’t that scared,” he says. “Nowadays these roads just don’t lead anywhere.”

 So just where is Myerz going? And what will he do when he gets there? If you really want to find out, check out this album and follow (or like) him for updates. While you’re at it, check out his older stuff to see how far he’s come already.

“Metamorphosis” is an album that Myerz is proud of already, and it just released Wednesday.

“This is my masterpiece,” he wrote of the album on his Bandcamp page. “I put my soul into this. It’s not just about my Metamorphosis but about everything around me evolving and how I adapt to it/things adapt to me. It’s an observational piece[;] honestly it’s whatever you want it to be[.] Listen and Enjoy.”

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