Music Review: Trace Black

For those of you who remember St. Luke’s alumnus Abraham Ramirez ’10, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the former Hilltopper is now a newly-minted musical artist. The Sentinel staff discovered his alias, Trace Black, during one of our really productive meetings. Compelled to do a music review, one Sentinel staffer took on the challenge.

As many teachers will be pleased to hear, Ramirez’s lyrics are quite intellectual: he contemplates the meaning of life and other enlightening topics through poetic and rhythmic lyrics. Ramirez’ voice often takes the form of a mix between Frank Ocean, Slick Rick, and Drake. As you, the reader, have probably never heard any of “Trace Black’s” songs, the Sentinel took the liberty of reviewing a couple.

Abe Ramirez, also known as "Trace," in 2010.

Abe Ramirez, also known as “Trace,” in 2010.


This is one of his most popular songs, receiving 52, 797 views on YouTube. In this particular song, Ramirez expresses his conception of life being a dream. He uses the metaphor that life is sea and he simply drifts along with the waves. The intriguing beat makes the listener feel as though they’re drifting alongside him, as it has a mellow and almost hypnotic feel. This song would be ideal for weekends when you and your friends just what to laze around doing nothing.

P.O.M. (Persistence of Memory)

This single is based on the famous painting by Salvador Dali called The Persistence of Memory. In this song, Ramirez discusses that fact that that life is fleeting, and how so many things (like drugs and alcohol) makes life seem like one long dream. Throughout the song a hum, which reminds one of a Mayan ritual, is heard and his charismatic voice leads the listener into a mellow state. This song would be good if you just want to think by yourself for a while as it supplies plenty of topics that get the gears of your brain moving.


In this specific song, Ramirez channels his inner Slick Rick as many of the lyrics flow and stay at a constant, storytelling beat. The beat seems right out of something Lorde would use as it has a dark, but endearing feel to it. Ramirez tells a story about people who strive for the “lights, camera, action” of life. He insinuates that these people are “posing” and are chasing this fantasy for the wrong reason. This song would be a good one to listen to if you’re bored or love those songs that tell a story.

— Josie Williams, Staff Writer

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