As fans become more stoked on singer, actor, model, and entrepreneur, Rotimi’s latest album, The Beauty Of Becoming, many thoughts come to mind. For one, the growth process in one’s musicianship, masculinity, and Spiritual essence. There is clearly a journey, a period of enlightenment, which has taken place. Yet, to better understand that journey, it’s important to go back to that initial. . .walk.
In Rotimi’s previous album, Walk With Me, one can sense a journey into a man’s exploration of himself and his connection to women. Listening to the album in full, it is clear that he has not reached full awareness of who he is, as a man. There are regrets and uncertainties, along the way. Reflections being made about lovers and relationships, left behind. There is definitely praise and love for woman, and her feminine essence. Yet, he has yet to fully know, and immerse in, woman. He has yet to reach, experience, and see himself aligned in her natural element. Though, it is evident that he desires, and seeks, the pleasures of her company. Songs such as “Decisions,” “Sip Slow,” and “Can’t Blame You” are the proof of this.
For Rotimi’s previous album, it is very clear that he is at the initial stages of this walk. In fact, this walk is, just beginning. Observing the album cover, one sees a man, gazing into the camera. In addition to the name of the album, his very gaze alone, invites listeners on a journey, which is clearly very personal. While he has entered into a level, in his masculinity, to take this journey, there is still a certain energy of caution. By connecting his eyes to the camera, in the way he has, there is a sense of vulnerability. This aura of releasing control of this journey. Relenquishing his want to control this personal journey, in understanding life’s complexities. And, it is this release, this surrender, which makes this journey. . .beautiful! A prelude to his latest album, and all the beauty he observes, after completion of the previous journey. Simultaneously, he needs comfort, while walking down this path. Therefore, fans and listeners get a taste of the sensory, and imagery, of this journey, through the songs. The collection had clearly been crafted, and designed, in such a way. Further analysis is for another piece.
And, then, there is the spacing. The album cover of Walk With Me, positions Rotimi in urban terrain. It is a given that in order for him to go through this powerful transition of self-actualization, and his natural connection to the feminine, he must begin in the city life. It is important, as he will need this experience (and spacing) for comparison, when he finally arrives in another domain, at the end of this journey. And, that’s where The Beauty Of Becoming comes into place.
The timing of The Beauty Of Becoming is a complement of Walk With Me. One could even articulate both albums, as non-fraternal twins. They are personal diaries. Each one highlighting a different phase in Rotimi’s personal, spiritual, emotional, and musical journey. One details the begining of a journey. The other reveals not only the ending, but evidence of growth, spiritual awakening, and its completion.
For The Beauty Of Becoming, it is clear that Rotimi has reached a spacing, where the authenticity of feminine nourishment, blossoms. The poetry and songs of the album is a love letter to, love, itself. It is clear that in his beginning journey of Walk With Me, the path had been designed to take him outside of the city; leading him to one of Earth’s natural planes. It is here in Earth’s natural planes, where he can rest. Speaking on the experience of completing the journey, and what he learned from it.
Songs such as “Way Gone,” “Fall Back,” “All Night,” and “Mega Love.” convey that the man on this journey has found tranquility and wholeness with woman’s Earthly essence. It is this connection, which allows men to grow and thrive, in a way that is authentic, elevating, and caring. Seeing the benefits of intertwining one’s mind, body, and Spirit, with healthy and Earth-centered femininity. That, which is connected to the magic and holistic divinity of Heaven. A way, where man’s masculinity is not solely confined to the flesh, and the prowess of it. Or rendered as a commodity. Not at all. In this album, Rotimi, has claimed his humanity and masculinity, in a way that both heaven and Earth have intertwined, within his very Spirit. He is experiencing restoration. . .and peace.
Examining the body stance of Rotimi on both album covers, one also notices that both positions have a richness to them. Both stances have a story to tell. And, they compliment each other. One foretells of being introduced to a new reality. While the other symbolizes a completion of one phase. Having come out stronger, with a greater vision for the future. Looking out at what one has accomplished, and presenting this new knowledge to his fans and listeners, greatly contextualizes, The Beauty Of Becoming. Take a step back and reflect on both images.
In Walk With Me, there even appears to be a sense of uncertainty on Rotimi’s face. There are obstacles and emotions that will be re-visited and overcome, in order for him to master the journey, ahead. There may even be the feeling of stress and anxiety, but it is a chance he is willing to take. Having the courage to go on this journey, even if it means he is uncomfortable. Nevertheless, he takes that first step, and moves on to walk this journey. A journey that will transition him, and strengthen him; in connection to himself and the feminine.
The Beauty Of Becoming is the result of having gone through that path on Earth’s domains. Examining the photo, his body language conveys that he has reached one level of mastery. Confident in this place, and space, in this realm of his life’s journey. He has become ruler because he has navigated through such terrain. Facing the challenges, gaining wisdom, and using Earth’s fruition (in whichever domain) to sustain him, along the way. And, the auspicious thing, regarding this end result, is that his mastery did not translate into destruction of the feminine presence. . .Earth’s presence. It meant his use and intertwining with her. In a holistic and healthy way, so that he achieves elevation. The way Rotimi looks into the distance can be interpreted as him looking upon that journey. Seeing what he has overcome, challenges, struggles, and heartbreaks, along the way. He is proud in reaching a higher plane, in order to have a better view.
The comparison of these two albums, and their adjacent timing to each other, is Universal. They clearly highlight Rotimi’s evolving in his masculinity and spirituality. Together, they are elegant masterpieces in the storytelling of men, when they are healthy and moving in a natural way; through Earth’s city, rural, and other scapes. The production of these albums, one after the other, is poetic genius. Riches and treasures that require attentive detail, in order to convey the true essence. So, as viewers and fans continue to listen to these two musical treasures, allow our minds, hearts, and Spirits to wander. Reflections of our personal walks, our present Beings, and the Beauty of what our futures are to. . .Become!