By Cynthia Gross
Latin hip-hop phenomenon M-Burb keeps the hits coming with his latest single, “No Feelings.” Hailing from Manassas, Virginia, M-Burb’s hard-hitting track holds nothing back, building on the momentum of the infectious “Yo No Se,” one of his most recent releases and a fan favorite.
Miguel A. Rivera Jr., the namesake behind M-Burb, identifies as half Black and half Puerto Rican. Since 2009, he’s been a staple of the D.C. rap scene, and “No Feelings” serves as a reminder of what gives M-Burb distinction and staying power.
“No Feelings” shines lyrically, and M-Burb’s flow is impressive and memorable. “Why they can’t be real with it,” M-Burb asks in the song’s refrain. Language used throughout the track suggests that the purpose of the song is to admonish M-Burb’s “frenemies” that “karma could come any day,” demanding that they pay up for taking advantage of others. His use of explicit language feels tasteful – like it fulfills a necessary purpose.
Melodic acoustic guitar serves as a fitting contrast to the song’s lyrics. Symbolically, the instrumentation touches the heart strings, prompting listeners to feel despite the protagonist’s callous stance.
The accompanying music video for “No Feelings” produced by 1Reaction Media is visually striking and expertly captured. The decision to limit the number of set location changes proves to be a good call, as it allows audiences to focus on both the macro and micro while never losing sight of the core of the song.
M-Burb draws from personal experiences in the track and positions himself as an authentic spokesperson. “No Feelings” serves as a fearless call-to-action for listeners everywhere to assess whether the course they’re on is in their best interest. “Put the guns away,” M-Burb sings. “The pressure gonna come your way and take your life away.”
In addition to managing his career as a solo artist, M-Burb has collaborated with heavyweights in the industry, including Gorilla Zoe, 2 Chainz, Too Short, Red Café, and Tory Lanez. He’s been featured on XXL Magazine, BET, WPGC 95.5, DMV Soundcheck, Hip Hop Since 1987, and more.
By design, the song’s chorus – “feelings, I ain’t feeling it” – has the opposite effect on listeners. We’re all in our feelings with M-Burb’s latest release, an articulate, powerful offering that challenges us to never settle for less than our best selves.
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Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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