In ancient times, salt was a commodity as valuable as gold. The earliest known town in Europe, Solnitsata, was built due to its proximity to that mineral so vital in seasoning. The Roman general Scipio Aemilianus Africanus used salt to destroy the soil of Carthage, ensuring that like 2Pac, all their seeds wouldn’t grow. In the Old Testament, Mosaic Law called for salt to be added to all animal sacrifices, comparing the bond between the Jewish priest class and God to the importance of salt. When the British levied a crippling salt tax, Ghandi led a rebellion.
Despite its boon to society, salt also has a negative connotation. For one, it may be responsible for my mildly high blood pressure. For two, it’s the root word of “saltiness,” another way in which to hate. See “Salty,” the latest single from Jeff Chery, arguably Atlanta’s most underrated rapper, and a vital part of the “Jeffrey” renaissance. There is auto-tune, gun talk, Frito Lay references, and a general lashing out at those who would shine block, hate, or stand at the podium but not watch their sodium. If hate and jealousy are our latest renewable sources of energy, Jeff Chery slaps back with 230 seconds of highly melodic wailing telling everyone to check their saltiness. Stefan Green handled production, and I assume he agrees with this anti-NaCL stance.
The moral of this story is that this is a loosie to hold you over until Chery drops his next project. Jeff Chery is the Haitian Mufasa and hence, excellent at rapping. And three, the saltiness stops here.
In the meantime, you can listen to this song and read this note from Jeff below.
“I’m at the point of my career where I no longer have control of what’s going on. Blessings are coming left and right, but the time I have to just hang out isn’t the same. My communication with fam & friends isn’t the same, many people can’t handle that. That’s when that salty shit sets in cause you winning, but when a nigga was down & out it was love from everyone. Once I heard the production, the song made itself. It was a dope canvas to express myself on.”