Premiere: “Encore” by Mani Draper

Listen to the Richmond rapper's charming piano ballad.

In anticipation of Mani Draper’s upcoming album Last Marauder — which drops Friday, Dec. 19 — the Richmond rapper has released a second single from the record, “Encore.”

Like most great songs, the track’s smooth, R&B-influenced production (courtesy of Ian McKee, Bryan Simmons, and Draper) belies its dour subject matter. Over a delicate piano melody and lyricist Jane Handcock’s warm, soothing vocals, Draper spits contemplative verses in his low-pitched voice about trying to achieve it all and the pains and sacrfices we make just to have “one more chance.”

The song, Draper says, is about trying “to conquer the world overnight. Try[ing] to heal our wounds in one shot. [It’s] an ode to that irony. We’re aware this is a process, and so often we try to accomplish our entire list of plans and goals in one shot, which then leads to us neglecting everything right in front of us.”

Stay tuned for more on Draper and listen to the first single off of Last Marauder, “Ol’ Money” here.

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