For a young rapper, Michigan-born, Philly-bred Gilbere Forte has been through quite a bit. Blog-based success, label issues, world tours with Bob Sinclar, and a few stops and starts along the way have forged a perspective both confident and world-weary, balancing self-awareness and accessible charisma.

“The Awakening” provides a peek at this particular mixture. Over an ethereal beat, Forte sounds sharp and frustrated, recounting past adventures and low-points alike. It’s an effective teaser for his upcoming project Pray, a song that succinctly encapsulates a mindset, slinking away as quickly as it rises from silence.