Mxxn Wave’s latest signee, Wilke$, is making his official debut with his blazing new single “Should I.” In every generation, there is a male R&B artist who drops a debut single that is so dope, it makes everyone stop and take notice. From Mario’s impressive vocal performance on “Just a Friend 2002,” the hypnotic sound of Ginuwine’s “Pony” or the instant catchiness of Chris Brown’s “Run It,” there are countless examples of standout debut moments. In my humble opinion, the Virginia-native just earned a spot on that list. From the instrumental to the lyrical content, the song is a home-run hit for the singer/songwriter and producer.
“Should I tell you how I feel or should I wait? Should I let you go or should I let you stay?” He sings on the relatable track. Lyrically, the song finds Wilke$ at a crossroad, contemplating the viability of his relationship. During a recent Instagram live, Wilke$ revealed that the song was autobiographical, and that writing it helped him work through his feelings of uncertainty. Sonically, the guitar driven track could be described as “Neo-Nineties R&B.” It evokes all the nostalgia of classic 90’s R&B, while maintaining a fresh, contemporary feel. Vocally, Wilke$ is in his sweet spot. His smooth, unique tone is a welcome standout amongst his industry peers. His vocal delivery is both conversational and engaging. With each passing chorus, you hear his emotional unrest building as he layers additional background vocals and Ad-libs. From the soulful chord progressions to the impassioned vocal, the song’s bridge reminds me of the classic breakdowns of yesteryear that are sorely missing from today’s music.
In conclusion, this song is a must add for any R&B lover’s playlist. If “Should I” is a sign of what’s to come, there is no doubt that we are in for a treat.
Listen to “Should I” below: