Willis the Lion Illustrates a Dismal World through ‘The Color Willis’

Mental health affects how we think, feel, act, and also helps determine how we handle stress and relate to others. A healthy attitude towards one’s own mental health is crucial at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Mental health isn’t a fun topic to talk about. However, Georgia emcee Darius Willis, better known as  Willis the Lion, debuts The Color Willis, his album referencing his battle with depression, insecurities of being a flawed romantic partner and coping with his mental health.

Story | Matthew Gonzalez

The Color Willis is Willis the Lion’s third LP of 2016. The central theme for all three of his 2016 albums preach the narrative of promoting self discovery and applying the same emotions of self love into romantic relationships.

Essentially, The Color Willis describes in an uplifting tone, the harsh reality of what depression can bring into other relationships. More so, he conveys his struggles with overcoming his addictions in recreational drugs, alcohol and giving love to people who don’t deserve it.

On “Neveah’s Sword” he describes that his digressional slump was so toxic it made him lose his way with his romantic partner:

“My depression has caused a lot / I know it sucks, I’m grateful for what I got”

He later describes that the tangibles weren’t the only things that led to his depression. Other pitfalls he’s been exposed to include toxic relationships (“We Fell In Love Again”), and a racist society (“Goodnight America”).

The Color Willis describes Willis’ inner fears, joys and insecurities on his values of life. He ends the album with his last song referencing how he has discovered kindness and love by disconnecting from social media, having less care about unnecessary drama and finding happiness through love instead of objects.

For more on Willis the Lion, reach him via Twitter.

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