“If you’re listening to this, there’s only one thing I want you to do: I want you to believe in yourself,” rapper and producer Midas Wright insists in reference to his new single Otherside — showcasing today on Tinnitist. “Be yourself, man. Nobody can do that better than you. You have the power in your hands to be the absolute best you can be, and live your life the way you want to. Nobody can stop you, except you!”
Wright’s inspirational insistence that people make the most of every moment in life comes from a personal place; Otherside was drawn from a near-death experience eight years ago. “I’m now loving life at the ripe old age of 27,” he smiles.
Indeed. In the past five years, Midas Wright has founded the rap group Fresh Valley Kings, performed with Riff Raff and released two eight-track EPs, The Psychotic Erotic and Satellites. Wrangling the deaths of close personal friends and coping with depression, however, he took a three-year hiatus before re-releasing and re-mastering his prior EPs — as well as 14 previously unreleased tracks — in 2020 as the Lost Tapes series.
Otherside reflects the enlightenment of perspective granted by the time off, and showcases an insightful rapper and producer who is here to stay. Composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Wright and partner Sarah — artistically known as Ourglass — in the basement studio of their home, Otherside showcases Wright’s ability to craft lyrics that work on myriad levels.
“Some listeners have interpreted the lyrics to be about the rejection of an afterlife. While that is one valid interpretation of the song, the main idea I was focused on while I recorded Otherside was the concept that, whether there’s an afterlife or not, we are never given a second chance at this moment, the one right now, that we are living … The track shares a title with several of my favourite songs, namely Macklemore’s Otherside, which shares similar themes, as well as tracks by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone. These songs helped me get through the dark times, and inspired me to want to do the same thing for someone else.”