WXSTED YOUTH by DXRKKNGHT: Review
Taking a complete 180-degree turn to fit his stage name, from his usual ‘aesthetic rap’ style, DXRKKNGHT took a leap of faith and delved into darker hues of chill music in his new EP, titled “WXSTED YOUTH.”
The 21-year-old artist says “The EP is about how we waste so much of our youth on love and validation as well as his personal experiences in doing so, I like to see it as me letting go of my past to move onto this new chapter in life.”
Most of the tracks were recorded following the artist’s breakup, and as a result, many of them reflect on his past and the relationship’s demise, expressing resentment toward friends and family.
The lead single, “EXIST,” is about the artist’s acceptance of his exes’ renewed hatred for him following their breakup. After coming to terms with the reality of his relationship, he contemplates the grief that comes with losing a loved one in ‘1111’.
Then there’s the post-pop punk release “THE GIRL IN ALL BLXCK” that transcends these fears. On the other side, ‘SIDE EFFECTS OF LIFE’ was created during a manic moment in which he felt hopeless and thought his life was passing him by. The EP concludes with “TXKE ME BXCK” coming in a full circle. We have DXRKKNGHT’s ex to thank for this experimental EP since she was the one who first exposed him to post-punk. The artist also shares, “I use my music as an outlet, my purest form of expression. Anyone can really listen to my music and understand the things that go on in my life and in my head.”
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Photo credits: HOGLEG, Hayden Vetter, Kasamba Kokayi
Review by: Audrey Castel