HipHopDX Premiere: Compton native Eric Bellinger creates compositions that stand on their own. After releasing Eric B For President: Term 1 in September 2016, it introduced the world to his Hip Hop, trap and R&B musical fusion. On his new album, EBFP: An Acoustic Experience, the singer-songwriter strips down those songs to their bare essence to reveal the well-crafted melodies and clever lyrics beneath. The fact his album release falls on Inauguration Day wasn’t an accident.

“I know our country is in a crazy place right now with the recent election of Donald Trump,” Bellinger said in an email statement. “I’m doing my best to give an an alternative outlook on things through my music. Trying to stay as positive as possible, distracting the culture from the mockery of events that have been taking place. [It’s] no different than what our government does when they draw attention to things in the media to distract us.”

Listen to the six-track project above.