Take a minute to slow down while J.B.T subtly steams up as he reminisces about an ex-now-muse. She’s a baddie; she’s fine, and J.B.T serves a reminder that good things are hard to find while singing on his eurythmic track Thanks2U.
From the beat drop, J.B.T lets an eruption of thoughts loose, accompanied by all those intimate feels, letting listeners take a peek into his personal life. Thanks2U exudes vulnerability, uncovers J.B.T’s gentle side when it comes to relationships, and unveils his duality in music.
Expressing missing her scent, her smile, and memories of smoking up in the clouds, J.B.T is haunted and hypnotised by his past lover, yet finds grounding in the second verse as he sings about using your mind and heart while navigating the end of a connection.
"What inspired me to write this song was unfortunately a breakup caused by long distance; I wrote this shortly after it in November. We didn’t end on bad terms; it’s just that our circumstances made it hard, so I wanted to show her that I appreciated her and everything she had done, even though we decided not to stay together. This was my way to express that there’s no bad blood; it's an ode to her, a thank you. It shows another side to me; when I really care about someone, I’ll express it through my music and my lyrics." - J.B.T
Producer Somnia and J.B.T served up the instrumentals, using enough textures to create an enjoyable listening experience that avoided overpowering the lyrics. Their ability of simplicity carries this track into a sunset of resonance, pulling in the audience and immersing them into J.B.T's previous reality. It's undeniably heartfelt with a dash of spice.
"I was in my homie’s room and we were making beats, and he came across the sample you hear in Thanks2U, and essentially we decided to use that. We then added the drum pattern to give it a 90s-2000s RNB Soul vibe. Usually, I would write and record on the spot after hearing a beat, but due to time constraints, I ended up writing to the beat the day after, which turned into a five-day process—a lot of starts and stops because of my schedule at the time, but overall, if I subtracted the disruptions, it only took twenty minutes to create." - J.B.T
Since the release of Thanks2U, J.B.T has dropped a handful of tracks that should be on your listening list. Our particular favourites are Whants, which is a straight flex and sonical switch up from Thanks2U, and his latest release featuring Clariyah Boss titled Rivers, which pays homage to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River.
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