O.M.S. By Literally Any Lil

ShawnWeTrust is an artist out of Philidelphia, who released an album in 2018 called #Green2k18 (yes, he hashtagged the album name). One of his lead singles off the album is called “O.M.S.” which stands for “On My Shit.” If you’re expecting any lyrical surprises in this track, don’t. Spoiler alert: It mostly just repeats “on my shit, yeah, I’ve been on my shit.” While repetition can be catchy and fun, it can also be like banging your head against a wall repeatedly. Maybe that’s why they call it a banger. This track is somewhere in between the two, as in, it doesn’t make me feel like I’m undergoing Chinese water torture, but I wouldn’t call it catchy as much as it is just repetitive.

There are some lyrical highlights in the track. I have to admit, I like the line where Shawn says, “Big woods, we don’t smoke no twigs,” and I feel like I could hear myself looking forward to that line in the song and rapping it with him when it drops. If he would’ve just added a few more lines like that one, we’d have something here. There’s another line of note, where he says “it’s a crime, verses kill like swine” which I assume is an allusion to the police brutality problem in America. I am all for calling attention to this problem, and maybe making light of it is a way to help heal the wounds left by this ongoing issue, but I’m not sure about the way he worded this line. It’s a little weird for him to say his verses are killing the way cops are killing. Maybe if he laid it out like it was an observation instead of a comparison, it would work better, but to me, he lands on a weird side of things with this one. It would be like saying “verses kill like nazis in the holocaust” — that would be weird, right? I feel like this line is almost doing that. I get that the rhyme worked convieniently well, but take the pen, take the pad, and work it out on the page a minute, see if you can come up with a different way to say this or to say something better. I just think the rhyme alone can’t give him a pass on this one. However, it’s not totally out of the realm of morally permissible, just a little bit strange of a stance to take on such a serious issue.

This song is good for what it is. It sounds like it could have been made by literally any “Lil,” so comparing it to other songs or ShawnWeTrust to other artists becomes a little bit pointless. He’s doing what he’s trying to do well enough though. Flex lines slur on the beat and more flex lines after that. I will say he at least comes off as authentic. He really seems to believe he’s running things, which makes the song seem more professionally backed than it is. That’s no small feat, so I would commend him on that front.

The production is done well enough. This is a standard trap beat with three to five notes trilling in arpeggiating repetition with some sub-bass layering and plenty of deep 808’s. It’s catchy, if not memorable or complex. Everything sits well in the mix. However, there is an overly gratitiuous use of echo, which is generally done to make a track sound more produced than it truly is. Dripping your stems in reverb does not make up for actual engineering, and he should consider that next time he’s ready to release a track. His vocal runs are good, and he seems to be playing the job of indifferent, irreverent young rapper well. His lyrical flex lines check all the boxes that the “Lils” in the game seem to want to emphasize and re-emphasize. So, if that’s what he’s going for, he’s definitely gotten there.

I know this type of sound is really popular right now, but the problem is, we have dozens of rappers already in the game doing this, and thousands upon thousands on SoundCloud doing the exact same thing hoping to claim the next spot. But how many of those rappers do we really need, or even want? If ShawnWeTrust can find a way to differentiate himself from the hoards of other rappers exactly like him, I think he has a real shot. He’s very talented, and he clearly wants this. I just don’t think we are going to keep seeing new rappers like this getting in. Why would we? We already have so many of them, and when it’s so fast, easy, and effortless for those already famous rappers to release these 2-minute long flex tracks, why would the industry pay money to develop any new artists of exactly the same type? Shawn has talent, as I said, but he’s going to have to do more than just the same song and dance the same exact way as his peers if he wants to get noticed. With a little imagination, a little effort, I think he could make it happen. I look forward to seeing what he does in the future, this time, hopefully, as his own artist-type.