Rhyming with a gruff intensity and a palpable need to succeed, Brooklyn’s Casanova only speaks facts. Stepping out from behind his tough exterior to reveal his ambitions and vulnerabilities, Casanova shares Behind These Scars, his new album. Comprised of a breathless 10-tracks, Behind These Scars traces Casanova’s path from poverty to prison to prominence, carefully examining every aspect of the rising star’s life. Expanding on the quintessential NYC story started with the Flatbush native’s 2018 project Commissary, Behind These Scars touches on every aspect of Casanova’s life, from soulful reflections on his time in prison like the Complex-premiered “Live,” to confrontational and aggressive bangers like “Knock Knock,” to gritty and resilient tracks like “Stay Wit It.” Featuring appearances from Young Thug, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Gunna, Fabolous, Giggs, and KayCyy Pluto, Behind These Scars releases via Roc Nation, in partnership with Republic Records. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Along with the album, Casanova shares a moving video for “Jail Call,” the album’s introductory track. Atop a beat laden with jazzy piano and sweeping strings, Casanova lays bare the thoughts and feelings that crossed his mind during his lengthy prison sentence: “All this time it can’t be real/Man, I shoulda took a plea deal/The whole system need to rebuild/Sh*t, look what they did to Meek Mill/Plus my bunkie is a junkie/My baby momma told my momma she don’t want me/She told me ‘what she gotta visit for?’/And how I should never bring my child on no visit floor.” Directed by Marc Diamond, the video dramatizes Casanova’s lyrics, focusing on Casanova and the faces of his fellow prisoners, as he emotes in a powerful performance. A fitting intro to the deeply personal Behind These Scars, the XXL-premiered “Jail Call” is an immersive dive into the world of Casanova, giving valuable context to his gripping narratives.
Behind These Scars boasts two successful pre-release singles: “Coming Home” and “So Brooklyn.” Featuring an appearance from Chris Brown, “Coming Home” is a radio-ready, romantic jam with a butter-smooth hook, earning over 1 million Spotify streams in its first two weeks of release. The Fabolous featuring “So Brooklyn” inspired over 35,000 submissions to the #SoBrooklynChallenge, in which thousands of fans, and several famous faces posted their best bars about what their hometown means to them atop the “So Brooklyn” instrumental. Over the past few weeks, the #SoBrooklyn challenge received entries from the likes of Brooklyn natives like Young M.A., Papoose, Memphis Bleek, Maino, Rob Markman, and game out-of-towners like DMX, G Herbo, Wyclef Jean, Trae Tha Truth, Freeway, Cassidy, Bandh
Along with the new album, Casanova announces the “Behind These Scars Tour,” a 10-date sojourn in December 2019. Starting in Cleveland on December 1st, the tour spans both coasts, with a hometown show in New York on December 4th (S.O.B.s) and a December 9th show in Los Angeles (The Roxy). Tickets for the “Behind These Scars Tour” are available starting 12pm ET today.
Buy tickets for the “Behind These Scars Tour” (12pm ET): https://officialcasanova.
Behind These Scars tracklist:
1. Jail Call
2. Knock Knock
3. So Brooklyn (feat. Fabolous)
4. So Drippy (feat. Gunna & Young Thug)
5. Woah (feat. Jeremih)
6. Coming Home (feat. Chris Brown)
7. In My Hood
8. Stay With It
9. Could’ve Been Something (feat. KayCyy Pluto)
10. Live (feat. Giggs)
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