What do you get when you combine Nello’s somber, death-haunted tunefulness with Lang’s self-questioning introspection? In the case of Lost In It‘s title track, you end up with a muted, shimmying torch ballad whose refrain mourns the looming end of a relationship. Backed by a glowing ember of a trap beat, Lang pleads, “Don’t tell me that you’re leaving me/’Cuz I really like your energy,” while Nello reflects, “Some times that we’re happy/Some times that we fight,” each using a slurred, auto-tuned flow that reflects the intoxication of heartbreak. It’s always a pleasure to see two artists collaborate on a work that sounds different from anything they’ve done individually, and “Lost In It” fits the bill for these two North Side rappers.
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