Get that shine, DΞΔN!

88rising has declared him the new, rising prince of R&B and, to show his appreciation to them and his fans, the singer took to a few locations and did acoustic versions of a few tracks.

The first he performs is a cover of Zak Abel Say Sumthin.  While it’s not unusually to hear him sing in English (especially if you followed his early releases or on Instagram), it’s rare to see him do it to a song that isn’t his own and in such a non-controlled environment.  His pronunciation is excellent and he doesn’t seem to have any trouble balancing trying to get the words right and keeping his tone.

Next he does a solo version of his own track, Put My Hands On You, which originally featured Anderson .Paak.  One thing that some might notice is a couple of sections where he seems to go out of tune.  Of the three, this probably the one that most people will have some problems with as his reworked version does have some seemingly off-pitch moments as he goes for a more driven delivery to punctuate sections that were originally punctuated by production.  They don’t ruin the song but, depending on how you hear them, they might throw you off a little.

Lastly, he does a shortened version of his smooth jam Half-Moon from his mood:130 EP.  The version match well and he manages to give a slightly more somber take on the love song.  This is an excellent way to end the set as he reaffirms (as if you need at this point) that he sounds just as good live as he does in a studio.

You can see the lyrics for Half Moon by scrolling down below the player (thanks pop!gasa).

Lyrics:
Love-love the stars
Love-love the moon

Nothing’s really different
It’s the same air
It’s the same bed
Looking at the same ceiling

Why do I feel so empty
For no reason at all
It’s been a few hours
Since I’ve been spacing out

At first
I thought I was just hungry
No way no way no way

These days
I listen to Kanye’s new album
But it’s just typical

I leave the TV on
But I’m just flipping the channels
But bae, there’s not much meaning

Nothing comes even close
To half of you
It doesn’t fill me up, yeah

If only I had just half of you
Then I wouldn’t feel like this

On a night without you
Even when the moon is up
I can’t see it
It’s hidden by thoughts of you, yeah

Just like you can’t make a fair call
If your heart is slanted
Just because you’re not here
There’s no way I should be like this
But I keep going back to those times

In the place where you used to be
I can see the night sky
That half-full moon
Looks just like me right now

Nothing comes even close
To half of you
It doesn’t fill me up, yeah

If only I had just half of you
Then I wouldn’t feel like this

If tomorrow’s darkness
Takes one bite of the moon
Then our world that we made
Would become smaller too

Only longing will fill it up
After I spend a boring day
When the full moon rises to the sky

When we used to go around
Saying that we were one
I didn’t know it’d be so clear
That you are you and I am me
It feels like our time to think is up

If more time passes, I can’t ask you to come back
Just like Don Quixote
I’m crazily dreaming of your love
If only I can see your eyes
I would be able to fill up my empty heart

Nothing comes even close
To half of you
It doesn’t fill me up, yeah

If only I had just half of you
Then I wouldn’t feel like this

Love-love the stars
Love-love the moon
Nothing comes even close
To half of you
It doesn’t fill me up, yeah

If only I had just half of you
Then I wouldn’t feel like this
If only

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