Written by Iman Music for Underground Underdogs
HATESONNY’s latest release, The Sounds in My Head, is a 3 track EP that embodies the young rapper’s captivatingly dark yet carefree sound. The Sounds In My Head allows listeners a peek into Sonny’s life and his surrounding thoughts. HATESONNY described the project as being “inspired by stages of thought” where he takes us through the beginning of his day in the first track, to his “more positive thoughts where it’s just all good energy,” and full circle to the last song with his “more frequent thoughts of depression also self destructive tendencies.”
The EP opens up with “Good Morning,” produced by Austin based musician war manga. Sonny’s low monotoned voice melts with war manga’s loopy and eerie beat. “Good Morning” encapsulates Sonny’s determination to live life as easily as possible. He raps about the easiness of him getting to money as he goes about an eventful yet not eventful day involving insomnia and his relationship with drugs and women. This song is the preview of how he starts his day and what goes through his head.
The EP transitions into the more upbeat second track, “I Just,“ produced by Deaf, another Texas based producer hailing from Houston. We see the reoccurring theme of women in the EP and how Sonny paints himself as a hero amongst women. Lines like “I just fell in love with a bitch” and ”I just scooped a bitch and took her out the scene” show us his nonchalant yet arrogant attitude towards the girl, or girls, mentioned. Deaf’s entertaining production matched with Sonny’s meticulously planted flow hypnotizes you to melt with the song. The last song, “Self Destruct,” wraps the project together in the most destructive yet organized way. Closing the EP out, Sonny presents his darkest, most depressing thoughts as he is accompanied by Minnesota rapper Zero. Produced by Maryland native Ravi, the beat is dirty enough to get you wrapped into the same murky mental space that the duo present on this song. Zero’s guttural sound completes the gloominess that Sonny delivers consistently.
Originally meant to be a full tape that was eventually cut down to just 3 tracks, The Sounds In My Head presents HATESONNY’s degenerating thought process through hypnotizing beats paired with his energizing, monotone flow creating the perfect window into the young artist’s mind. Listen to the full EP here.