Rhyming with a gruff intensity and a palpable need to succeed, Brooklyn’s Casanova only speaks facts. Stepping out from behind his tough exterior to reveal his ambitions and vulnerabilities, Casanova shares Behind These Scars, his new album. Comprised of a breathless 10-tracks, Behind These Scars traces Casanova’s path from poverty to prison to prominence, carefully examining every aspect of the rising star’s life. Expanding on the quintessential NYC story started with the Flatbush native’s 2018 project Commissary, Behind These Scars touches on every aspect of Casanova’s life, from soulful reflections on his time in prison like the Complex-premiered “Live,” to confrontational and aggressive bangers like “Knock Knock,” to gritty and resilient tracks like “Stay Wit It.” Featuring appearances from Young Thug, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Gunna, Fabolous, Giggs, and KayCyy Pluto, Behind These Scars releases via Roc Nation, in partnership with Republic Records.
Along with the album, Casanova shares a moving video for “Jail Call,” the album’s introductory track. Atop a beat laden with jazzy piano and sweeping strings, Casanova lays bare the thoughts and feelings that crossed his mind during his lengthy prison sentence: “All this time it can’t be real/Man, I shoulda took a plea deal/The whole system need to rebuild/Sh*t, look what they did to Meek Mill/Plus my bunkie is a junkie/My baby momma told my momma she don’t want me/She told me ‘what she gotta visit for?’/And how I should never bring my child on no visit floor.” Directed by Marc Diamond, the video dramatizes Casanova’s lyrics, focusing on Casanova and the faces of his fellow prisoners, as he emotes in a powerful performance.