By Jack Barnes
With silky vocals and a facility for lyrical songwriting, ForteBowie is one of the most important people in the Atlanta rap industry that you might not have heard about. Applying his unique perspective and his effortless hooks to a SZA original, ForteBowie returns with “Saturday Love,“ an honest and emotional confession from a player. An answer record to SZA’s “The Weekend,” a highlight from her acclaimed Ctrl record, ForteBowie reverses course on the track, re-telling the events of the song from a male point-of-view. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
The original track is an uncertain rumination on trust and self-worth, with SZA lamenting that she only gets to see her man during the weekend, while he spends time with his other women. In “Saturday Love,” premiered by VIBE, ForteBowie lays out some straight talk, plainly laying out his intentions to be a weekend lover, but nothing more. Belting gorgeous self-harmonies over the deep and soulful instrumental, the Think It’s a Game signee demonstrates why ladies fall in love with him and his emotive tenor.
A jack-of-all-trades and an influential figure, ForteBowie is a formidable force behind the mic and behind the scenes. As a child, ForteBowie collected VHS tapes of episodes of Showtime at the Apollo, imitating the best contestants and becoming an expert performer and songwriter. In 2011, Forte released his first two mixtapes, earning him some traction in the streets, but when Trinidad Jame$ featured him on his single “Southside,” his career started to take off. Forte followed up “Southside” by accompanying Trinidad on a national tour, which built momentum for Vice Haus, a well-received mixtape. Behind the scenes, ForteBowie helped develop the career of Jacquees, the Cash Money-signed R&B heartthrob, and he penned “B.E.D.,” which Jacquees turned into a Top 10 hit on Urban Radio. Most recently in late 2016, Forte shared Vice Haus 2, which earned critical praise from The FADER. Look for more music from ForteBowie later in 2017.
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