Though his new song is titled “Lie”, Asaiah Ziv does anything but.
In fact, the Las Vegas rapper and producer presents his newest emo trap single in such a catchy, yet vulnerable fashion, the listener would be hard-pressed deciding whether to grab the tissues or the tequila. Lines like “I’m tryna bring to life what I been dreamin’ / But I been going through it all, that’s why I’m drinkin’” are unapologetically blunt, but necessary in Ziv’s quest to drag you into his own dreary, drug-infused reality. Depression and anxiety can sometimes feel like a never-ending tug-of-war with your own mind, and the excessive consumption of vices act as a short-lived oasis from that pain and struggle. Ziv isn’t trying to glorify these actions, but instead shine a light on the unhealthy effects of mental illness that can impact just about anyone.
Also hidden behind the guise of “Lie”’s distorted, trap-infused beat are Ziv’s struggles with his newly-found fame and negative criticism. He ends his hook with “Everybody love you till you show a different side / All of your fucking comments make me wanna die.” In a social media-driven landscape, any troll hiding behind their computer screen can shoot down the confidence of a budding star with just a simple “this is trash” comment. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that these artists are human like the rest of us, and consistent hate-fueled judgement on their hard work can have a negative lasting impact on their mental state.
“Lie” is as depressing as it is relatable, and Asaiah Ziv packages it in a versatile way that the track can be enjoyed within the joyful atmosphere of a party or the suffocating confines of a lonely mind. Either way, it’s nearly impossible to deny Ziv’s hard-hitting honesty.
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