Breakups are difficult. But at some point, it becomes necessary to move on. And when you eventually meet someone — even if they’re not necessarily the one? It’s exhilarating. At least that’s where we start on NOLAN fka’s latest album, don’t get TOO excited — which, over the course of an enticingly hazy 30 minutes, tells the story of a spurned lover who is also a hopeless romantic.
Utilizing a wide array of Detroit talent for production and vocals, DGTE is homegrown and sonically captures a moment in time — as if you’re getting the opportunity to sit in on a creative conversation between close collaborators.
While NOLAN fka, the Cali born, Detroit residing artist has made music about intimacy before, DGTE is singularly focused on the topic. And with that, NOLAN fka — who has never not been honest and raw — harnesses a new level of introspection. The highest highs. The lowest lows. The journey. On DGTE, it’s all there.
Although NOLAN fka may appear as a newcomer, the artist formerly known as Nolan the Ninjahas had a longstanding career. The Cali-born, Detroit-bred emcee/beatmaker has released numerous projects both independently via his SPORT CAST imprint and through acclaimed Hip-Hop label, Mello Music Group. In 2019, NOLAN received global recognition from his COLORSxSTUDIOS performance of his breakthrough song Oranges. He has collaborated with some of rap’s most creative artists including Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids, Quelle Chris, Homeboy Sandman, Chris Crack among others. As Nolan the Ninja, he has been held in high regard for his boom-bap production and skillful lyricism, but now NOLAN fka is taking a new approach showcasing a more soulful downtempo sound. NOLAN first introduced us to his new musical style with his 2022 single "Houndstooth". The track was well received and garnered critical praise from Billboard as well as being included in Swidlife’s Top 50 Songs of 2022.