Akshay Poojary, also known as Gravity, teamed up with Outfly to create his fourth studio album titled ‘Supervillain.’ The album, released on March 25th, showcases a hardcore sound with 10 songs that span approximately 30 minutes.
Following his appearance on the national television show ‘MTV Hustle 2.0,’ Gravity has been actively releasing music. He introduced a new, hardcore side of his musicality during his time on the show, and ‘Supervillain’ embodies that sound and reflects the Mumbai-based rapper’s persona.
The album features collaborations with Raga, Harjas, and Muhfaad, with Outfly handling the production for all the tracks. The featured rappers complement Gravity’s vibe and contribute to a fresh sound for the audience to enjoy. Outfly’s production takes a different approach this time, incorporating various sounds and samples into the beats, resulting in a hard-hitting and heavy project that showcases the rapper’s intense side.
Gravity capitalizes on the aspect of his musicality that resonated with his new audience on the show, namely rage rap. Given the album’s name and theme, he strives to sound aggressive and experiments with voice modulation. Throughout the project, listeners can witness Gravity seamlessly switching flows and voices, employing different rhyme schemes, and showcasing his wordplay skills, all while maintaining a coherent and evident meaning.
The album’s title, ‘Supervillain,’ draws inspiration from comics and superhero films, as most supervillains have their own origin story and a motive behind their chosen path. Gravity’s character in this context seems to have his reasons as well. The cover art reinforces this notion, depicting a masked individual, presumably Gravity himself, witnessing a crime. The mask alludes to the iconic Joker smile, further emphasizing the album’s theme. Gravity uses this project to share personal experiences from his life, discussing how he was treated as an individual and an artist, and the reasons that led him to choose this path. The album serves as a testament to his transformation into a supervillain—a manifestation of proving people wrong and pursuing his passions without concern for others’ opinions.
‘Supervillain’ holds significant personal significance for Gravity, almost resembling a cinematic experience, particularly in how the initial tracks build up to the concluding song, ‘Aaina.’ This final track, also the longest on the album, delves into Gravity’s past relationships and the tragic ending they endured. He openly expresses his emotions and reactions to these experiences. Transitions like ‘Brown Bastards’ to ‘Concert Monster’ give an unexpected treat and count up to the overall impact and impression left by the album. While ‘Supervillain’ may not be Gravity’s best album, filled with ragers and hard-liners it undeniably showcases the peak of his aggressive and rage-infused style of music.