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As previously mentioned, Tr3y (Montrey Slayton) is now a member of the Gospel music community. He released his first single “Cloud X” under the genre a few weeks back and it is getting rave reviews. Since he has always been an avid supporter of the site, thought it would only be right to return the favor by diving into the record for readers. It should be noted that this is the first time EVER that The Illixer has featured any type of Gospel or Religious influenced music. So it’s kind of a big deal in multiple ways.

The production here is slick. The debonair bass line, cultivated background elements, Trap style tempo, and breezy vibe make for an immaculate combination. The hook is extremely favorable. The vocals are of a premium nature and the lyrics are clear-cut. The verses are deep. Tr3y dispenses poised harmonies with meaningful lyrics. He sings about being completely immersed in the love of the Lord in a very subtle way. So it gives the listener something spiritual without being too preachy or overbearing. A highlight from the track’s opening includes: “They tell me the sky is the limit. I feel really passed that right now. I’m in a spaceship and I hop up in it. Now I’m really high … really high. I ain’t coming down for nobody. So gone inject me with your love. I don’t wanna give it to nobody else. I just wanna keep it to myself.” Those words right there paint a really candid yet slightly mysterious picture. The source of Tr3y’s elevation isn’t really unveiled until the second verse. It’s a very clever tactic. As a whole, this is a winning record and an epic way for the Milwaukee talent to begin his new musical journey.

**My Two Cents: I’ve been wanting to cover Gospel / Spiritual music since I discovered the likes of Lecrae, Andy Mineo, etc. But was a little hesitant. Didn’t know if it would be seen as conflicting, inappropriate, etc. However, I am a huge fan of Tr3y’s and I wanted to show love. So I decided to just go for it. And I am glad that I did. “Cloud X” is awesome. It’s not conventional at all. It fits right into the Trap R&B sound that is currently dominating the airwaves. Additionally, it ministers to the listener in a relative way instead of making them feel judged, uncomfortable, overwhelmed, etc. So it’s much more likely to have an impact. Brilliant way to approach things on Tr3y’s part. I’m excited to see where his journey takes him next. Readers need to give this one a spin pronto. -MinM