The elixir is the essence of being able to control your future with elements of both the past and present. I live through my music only to progress towards a better day
After shedding his former pseudonym of A La $ole, Pro Era member Aaron Rose dropped a number of noteworthy singles and killed every guest feature. But with the release of his new EP,Â Elixir, the Brooklyn rapper has never sounded more focused or motivated, and itâ€™s only a taste of whatâ€™s to come from the young artist.
His tenacity becomes clear as soon as opener â€śThe Root of Soleâ€ť hits your ear with its mad-scientist samples and production from J57 (he produced five of the EPâ€™s seven tracks).Â And then in comes Rose to bring it all together, flexing his breathless flow and dizzying wordplay.
From there, the BK native continues to rip apart the instrumentals, including the jazzier â€śBreak It Down,â€ť featuring Domo Genesis and the more militant â€śParkside Ave.â€ť More than just a rapper with incredible chops, Rose also reveals pieces of his personality and background on those same tracks. Like on â€śBreak It Downâ€ť when he rhymes, â€ťâ€™A black man who knows what his worth is, Iâ€™m off the circuits/ From this American horror story, we in the circusâ€ť
Elsewhere, he eviscerates his critics on standouts â€śThe Art of Soleâ€ť and â€śSwank Corleone,â€ť the latter of which is produced by Latrell James. Rose also gets an opportunity to stunt alongside fellow Pro Era member Dirty Sanchez on â€śThe Shift,â€ť a slapper produced by The Audible Doctor.
Amidst the variety in sounds, the project remains distinctly the work of its host emcee. And he drives that point home when speaking onÂ Elixir, saying succinctly: â€śI am Aaron Rose and this is my elixir.â€ť
ElixirÂ is now available via Coalmine Records through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms, and can be purchased on CD through Fat Beats and UGHH. Limited edition purple/pink vinyl copies will be ready shortly after the new year!