It is smart that Eladio Carrión began out as a comic identified for his uncanny potential to impersonate any artist he got here throughout. Now a rapper himself, he retains leveraging that talent, shapeshifting and remodeling his circulation throughout surprising beats, developing with one thing a bit of completely different every time. The Puerto Rican artist, identified for his prodigious output and fixed creative streaks, has such eclectic tastes that he’s began to arrange his albums into completely different franchises: There are his vivid, effervescent Sauce Boyz editions, the place he typically explodes into a few of his largest experiments. And final 12 months, he launched Sen2 Kbrn, an album that exhibits simply how good he’s riffing over moodier entice sounds which have also defined his profession.

On Sen2 Kbrn, Volume 2, he goes deeper, delivering 10 songs which might be a bit of darker and extra mercurial than his previous work, constructing on woozy entice touches, boisterous flexes, and occasional lovelorn lyrics. The launch is a vibe, one which appears like a 180 from ecstatic electro-inspired moments on final 12 months’s Sauce Boyz 2, which included songs like “Sin Frenos,” a wild carnival of a journey that includes Argentine rapper Duki and manufacturing prodigy Bizarrap. And although collaborations have all the time been one thing Carrión leverages to shock individuals, he flies solo on Sen2 Kbrn, Volume 2, showing on every observe with simply his late-night ideas and beats to smoke to.

Some of the reflections on his fame and are available up are acquainted: “Gladiator” traces narrative terrain he’s hit on previous songs like “Vida Buena,” whereas the heartbreak of the standout “Caras Vemos” lets Carrión get in his emotions. There are much less up-tempo moments all through the report (although “Te Dijieron” is a bouncier, instantly catchy observe), however Carrión is sticking nearer to the road sounds that open him up for risk-taking — that is, in any case, the man who bought J Balvin on a drill observe with 2021’s “TATA,”

which he later reinvented with Daddy Yankee and Bobby Shmurda. It additionally reinforces that irrespective of the place Carrión goes in his music, the connection he has to entice stays robust. (“Family, we’re right here with a primary album of simply entice,” he wrote in a caption displaying Sen2 Kbrn, Volume 2 debuting on the prime of Spotify’s international album debuts chart.)

It’s one in every of his largest debuts up to now, even thought the stakes are decrease. Still, Sen2 Kbrn, Volume 2‘s success may be an indication that persons are catching up to a man who can do all of it, and who’s continuously being acknowledged by artists on the prime of their sport (Carrión’s Rimas label mate Bad Bunny made a shock cameo on his hilarious hit “No Te Deseo el Mal,” which additionally featured Karol G.) Sen2 Kbrn, Volume 2 is a visit down one avenue Carrión already is aware of he’s good at, one which leaves followers interested by the place he’ll swerve subsequent.

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