"Origin Story" is an upbeat EP, full of compelling vignettes. "Full Circle" underscores with piano the tale of being discovered, the long road to fame, and the importance of paying it forward. "Thir13en," tells of coming of age against a backdrop of bizarro sounds, concluding with hidden acapella number, "I Am Free." In "Mixed Messages," he ponders his biracial upbringing, while backup singers chant "You're beautiful." Sweet and inspirational, this EP is 27 effortless minutes of musical joy.
Favorite track: Mixed Messages feat. Mario & Malice Sweet.