Mr. Pope - "Love Me"
Review by Patrick Joseph
“Love Me” is an unbelievably smooth and beautiful song. A heartbreaking guitar motif and a driving electronic drumbeat underscore dynamic vocal performances by Royale and Pope. Kaiyah Royale has a unique and enchanting melodic delivery that draws listeners in and holds them close. Mr. Pope has a strong and confident flow that injects the music with energy.
Lyrically, “Love Me” is meditative and gentle.
“I keep on falling deeper I keep on falling, Into the depths of me.”
The musical accompaniment and vocal delivery of these lyrics combine to make them undeniable.
“Probably pierce at the sky and pray for some peaceful weather, I deserve it, I'm worth it, I'm purposed.”
Uplifting and inspirational, these lyrics contain wisdom and affirmation for all listeners.
The arrangement of “Love Me” demonstrates brilliance on multiple levels. The sea of backup vocals meshes with the guitar pattern fantastically. Melodic expressions and harmonic progressions are mature and efficient. The drums and bass are expertly done, entering and exiting the music at perfect times. The overall effect of this song is a dreamlike, uplifting, musical experience. Listening to “Love Me” will take you on an internal journey, make sure to listen.
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About Mr. Pope
Mr. Pope, born Bryan Pope, is Chicago’s voice of hope. Growing up in Chicago, Pope was forced to work hard to beat the odds. The streets of Chicago, despite its traditions of taking the lives of Black men, was where Mr. Pope knew he’d share his gift of music. He grew up with a drug-addicted father and a faith-driven mother who became a reverend. Pope was raised and inspired by the church. His participation in the choir resulted in him ministering all over the country.
In 2001, Mr. Pope entered the music scene at 16 as a Christain rapper, Prophet Child. His first LP was a self-released project that professed his love for Jesus Christ. Prophet Child’s second music project was a collaborative project with his brother, Brandon Pope, and the brothers attempted to depict the struggles they were immersed in. In 2008, Prophet Child and B Anointed released an LP, Street Gospel. Street Gospel was unlike anything they’d ever written. It was indeed, the street’s gospel rap music. The music was infused with “street” rap instrumentals and personal conflicting emotions (e.g., disappointment and contentment with the Church, disappointment, and contentment with life).
Despite his life as a God-fearing and church-involved young man, Mr. Pope was still into mainstream hip-hop and rap. Growing up with lyrical geniuses like Twista and Tupac made music could heal his communities, and his lyrics and messages could remain positive. In 2013, after being asked to write an anti-bully song to perform at schools throughout the Chicagoland area, Mr. Pope replaced the emcee name Prophet Child. Shortly after, Mr. Pope enrolled in a teaching program and received his Master’s degree in teaching.
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