Derin Falana – Don’t Save Me

Before embarking on a path as an MC, Brampton, Ontario, native Derin Falana would study the dance moves of early-2000s R&B lotharios like Omarion and Chris Brown. Though his earliest releases subscribe to more technically proficient MCing, by the time of 2016’s Rocky Mountain, Falana had diversified his sound to include the kind of line-toeing melody his onetime choreography heroes would themselves inevitably embrace. On the Rocky Mountain follow-up Don’t Save Me, Falana is as comfortable existing in these two worlds as he was back when he was performing borrowed dance moves during school assemblies. The bars flow freely on lyrical showcases like “Let It Run” and “401,” but Falana stretches his pipes a bit on R&B-tinged “Fall In” and “Can’t Get Enough.” The two-part “Live From Park Slope / Big Deal” may be the best example of his approaches coexisting, as Falana pulls out all the stops to ensure-as he puts it on “Let It Run”-that he’ll be “here for a long time and a good time.”


1 Let It Run
2 Go Figure
3 Heard Things
4 Live From Park Slope / Big Deal
5 401
6 Fall In
7 When I Get Home
8 Can’t Get Enough

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