Brad Sabat’s debut album Value$ is an impressive debut brimming with clean production and lyrical content exploring personal salvation, losing friends, finding purpose and the quest of trying to live an honest life.
No Chill opens the album and Sabat introduces us to his world, his passion, and his purpose for making music.
Value$ may be his first album, but Brad Sabat is a force to be reckoned with. Opening up about personal struggles and adversity, Value$ is ultimately an album about pushing through anything that stands in your way
Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights, but Sabat uses this a metaphor for asking whether we are really living our fullest lives or just “waiting for the drop.” The song’s primary message is that whenever life knocks you down, all you have to do is get back up and push through. With his energetic vocal delivery, Sabat delivers motivational slices of hip-hop that cut through life’s trivial challenges.
On Bounce, Sabat will take you back to that golden era of early 2000’s rap music with melodies that sound as if they were lifted straight from a 50 Cent hit. The track is all about having a good time, and is guaranteed to be taking over Saturday night playlists all over the country.
Switched Up is a more soulful, touching ballad about losing friends who refuse to admit that they’ve changed, and ultimately finding the strength to move on.
The Way finds balances somewhere between the energy of Bounce and the reflective nature of Switched Up. The song is about preaching the honest life and warning against getting caught up in the trappings of success. Sabat suggests that instead of purposefully seeking guidance, sometimes the most meaningful things sneak up on us expectedly.
Tie Me Down is an anthem for pushing past your personal adversities, as the rapper depicts a personal story of hardship, but refuses to let the story hold him back.
Sabat shows off his lyrical and rhythmic prowess in Typical (That’s Alright) as he raps about being different and being ok with it.
Long Time Coming closes off the album off on a determined note, as Sabat urges us to make the most of our days before its too late.
In all, Value$ is an impressive debut from an artist destined to be amongst the top rappers in Australia, if not the world. Not one song sounds out of place as they each preach a particular way of life, delivered with the cleanest, top-notch production and intelligent lyrics.
Value$ is out now and available on all streaming platforms.