Erys (stylized in all caps) is the second studio album by American rapper Jaden, released on July 5, 2019, through MSFTSMusic and Roc Nation. It is the follow-up to 2017's Syre,[2] and features collaborations with Tyler, the Creator, Trinidad James, ASAP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Lido, and Willow.[3] The lead single "Again" was released on July 2.[4]

Erys
Jaden Smith - ERYS.png
Standard edition cover; deluxe edition features Smith sitting up on the couch
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 5, 2019 (2019-07-05)
Recorded2017–19
Genre
Length78:02
Label
Producer
Jaden chronology
Erys Is Coming
(2019)
Erys
(2019)
Singles from Erys
  1. "Again"
    Released: July 2, 2019

BackgroundEdit

Following the release of his debut studio album Syre in 2017, Jaden announced the follow-up Erys in December of the same year.[5] In September 2018, Smith told Zane Lowe that while he likes "to do it all" and "experiment", "the people have spoken on what they like from me so I try to come really, really hard", describing Erys as a "strict, hard rap album". He went on to say that "every song, back to back, [will be] high tempo, [and have] a lot of bass like just crazy".[4]

CompositionEdit

Erys picks up where Jaden left off with the conclusion of Syre the story of a boy who is obsessed with chasing the sunset and until one day it chased him, and it ends up killing him. Erys is a now resurrected part of Syre. The album revolves around Erys and portrays him as a boy whose ego has gotten the best of him. During the album he’s portrayed as an ill-mannered person who some might say is the exact opposite of Syre.

PromotionEdit

In April 2019, Smith released the three-track EP Erys Is Coming, and in June, debuted the song "Summertime in Paris" with sister Willow on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [8]
Exclaim!6/10[9]
The Guardian     [10]
Highsnobiety     [11]
HipHopDX2.9/5[12]
Pitchfork4.7/10[13]

Upon its release, Erys received generally mixed reviews from contemporary music critics.[14]

Commercial performanceEdit

In the United States, Erys debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 24,000 album-equivalent units, with 4,000 coming from pure album sales in its first week.[15]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from Apple Music's metadata.[16]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."P"
  • Lido
  • Heavy Mellow
  • Yuki
2:48
2."I"
  • Smith
  • Jasper Harris
  • Losnegård
  • Lido
  • Harris
2:10
3."N"
  • Smith
  • Losnegård
  • Tyler Cole
  • Mateo Arias
Lido3:51
4."K" (with Lido)
  • Smith
  • Losnegård
  • Harrison Rhodes
  • Zach Tabori
Lido4:40
5."Noize" (featuring Tyler, the Creator)
4:07
6."i-drip-or-is"
  • Smith
  • Rambert
  • Chan
  • Owens
  • Torres
  • Foye III
  • Ayo
  • Keyz
  • Keanu Beats
  • Yuki
  • Fabio Aguilar
3:57
7."Again" (featuring SYRE)
  • Smith
  • Chan
Yuki4:29
8."Got It"1:16
9."Fire Dept"
  • Smith
  • Mike Musselman
  • Tabori
  • Chan
Jaden1:42
10."Mission" (with Trinidad James)
4:11
11."Summertime in Paris" (featuring Willow)
  • Smith
  • Josiah Bell
  • Cole
  • Rambert
  • Smith
  • Arias
  • Wu Yi Fan
  • Bell
  • OmArr
4:30
12."Blackout"
  • Smith
  • Chan
Yuki6:40
13."Pain"
  • Smith
  • Cole
  • Barbara Pravy
  • Chan
  • Melanie Pereira
  • Yuki
  • Jaden
6:15
14."Chateau" (featuring ASAP Rocky)
  • Young Fyre
  • OmArr
2:15
15."On My Own" (featuring Kid Cudi)
  • LASTNGHT
  • Dinuzzo
  • OmArr
4:04
16."Riot"
  • Smith
  • Chan
Yuki4:34
17."Erys"
  • Smith
  • Gabe Basso
  • Nick Stoubis
  • Cole
  • Arias
  • Samuel Ray
  • Jaden
  • Nick Stoubis
  • Gabe Basso
  • Samuel Ray
7:51
Total length:69:20
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Beautiful Disruption"
2:18
2."Somebody Else"
  • Smith
  • Basso
  • Stoubis
  • Cole
  • Arias
  • Ray
Jaden3:42
3."Ghost" (remix, featuring ASAP Rocky)2:42
Total length:78:02

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • "Beautiful Disruption" previously appeared in the EP Erys Is Coming.
  • "Noize" and "Erys" are stylized in all caps.
  • "P" features additional vocals by Teo, Willow, and Lido.
  • "N" features additional vocals by Tyler Cole, Teo, and Willow.
  • "K" features additional vocals by Teo, Harry Hudson, Willow, and Lido.
  • "Noize", "i-drip-or-is", "Riot", and "Beautiful Disruption" features additional vocals by OmArr.
  • "Summertime in Paris" features additional vocals by Kris Wu, Teo, and Josiah Bell.
  • "Pain" features additional vocals by Barbara Pravy and November Ultra.
  • "Beautiful Disruption" features uncreditted additional vocals and additional production from Omarhu Akbar
  • "Somebody Else" features additional vocals by Willow.

Sample credits

  • "Beautiful Disruption" contains a sample from "Emotionally Better 164", written by Adam Feeney, and performed by Frank Dukes.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 129
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 196
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 18
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 38
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 134
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 97
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[24] 65
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 62
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 62
US Billboard 200[28] 12
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[29] 8

ReferencesEdit

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