Last Time We Talked is an enjoyable project clearly acquainting new listeners with Dion Harris – a 24-year-old rapper and NAU grad exuding self-motivation through the realist lens. He aspires to develop societal and cultural change through his music, heavily influenced by J.Cole and Kendrick, Nas, Biggie, André 3000, Big K.R.I.T. and others. Throughout LTWT,Harris updates us about his self-growth.
Harris’ intro taps into the abnormalities of being a fearless leader and hustler who isn’t seeking validation from his peers on campus. “Strange Addictions”, “Story Time”, “Stuff on My Mind” and “Mama” highlight how the Alabama native’s lived experiences have shaped him. His ambition echoes heavily in “Today”, “Don’t Settle” and “Not Fazed”. Transparency in “Memories”, “Been Ill” and “Message 2 Self” makes listeners recount their personal journeys towards achieving self-fulfillment.
“I use my God given talents to reach those I probably would have never met without being a military kid growing up. If I can reach at least 20 people in every state that I have ever lived in then I can always be successful and reach the masses.”
This project offers strong messages of self-motivation, optimism and nostalgia coated in smooth-jazzy instrumentals with an old-school feel. His features’ artistic styles are exposed through vivid lyricism and flow. Throughout LTWT, Harris identifies his rough upbringing while addressing the struggles of pursuing your dreams as an underdog; in conjunction with effects of being misunderstood by others.
Dion’s clever punchlines and wordplay were his strong suit. However, one shortcoming is his delivery on some tracks.