Sean Touré doesn't really give guest rappers Kev Brown and Ab Rock a chance on this one. He kicks off "A Day in the Life" with a verse that captures not only his struggles as a musician, but as a regular dude trying to make it through the day with bills to pay and bullshit-ass gas prices to consider. The thing that pulls together Touré's verse, though, is at the end, when he interrupts his laundry list of every-dude concerns to tell us something far more depressing: "I'm blowing my girlfriend's back out/ But two weeks later yo, she started to hurl/ Now all she eat is peanut butter and corn curls/ Next week yo, she changed my world, because nine months later gave birth to a girl—and it wasn't even mine." That kind of pain/pleasure and some more pain conclusion is unexpected, and steers "A Day in the Life" away from the rote independent rapper complaints—remember:
—and toward something genuinely devastating. That said, "A Day in the Life" goes down a little easier thanks to an elaborately produced soul-beat and awesomely catchy but hardly pop hook. You can buy "A Day in the Life"