12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born in Abu Dhabi, raised in Toronto, and based in New York, SAFE’s long journey toward immortality is about to pay off. Stay collects the thoughts of the alt-R&B singer and friend of OVO Sound. He examines changing relationships (“Control,” “Wasteland”) and reasserts his independence (“On My Own”). “Damaged” and “Nobody Cares” are love/hate stories born from the rare times he’s let his guard down. “Summer’s End 2” is nostalgic, enhanced by a scuffed guitar riff that recalls Frank Ocean’s “Ivy.” Playboi Carti drops a verse on the Mike WiLL Made-It production “Paid In Full.” The mixtape is filled with ambient touches, pianos, lush synths, trap hi-hats, and 808 boom, creating an ambient Thunderdome for SAFE’s melody-driven voice to thrive.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born in Abu Dhabi, raised in Toronto, and based in New York, SAFE’s long journey toward immortality is about to pay off. Stay collects the thoughts of the alt-R&B singer and friend of OVO Sound. He examines changing relationships (“Control,” “Wasteland”) and reasserts his independence (“On My Own”). “Damaged” and “Nobody Cares” are love/hate stories born from the rare times he’s let his guard down. “Summer’s End 2” is nostalgic, enhanced by a scuffed guitar riff that recalls Frank Ocean’s “Ivy.” Playboi Carti drops a verse on the Mike WiLL Made-It production “Paid In Full.” The mixtape is filled with ambient touches, pianos, lush synths, trap hi-hats, and 808 boom, creating an ambient Thunderdome for SAFE’s melody-driven voice to thrive.

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