The Grammy’s are a ridiculous bit of self-congratulatory kabuki theatre that should never, under any circumstances, be taken seriously. Yet that doesn’t mean they’re wrong 100% of the time. For instance, their acknowledgement of Gallant’s staggering 2016 debut Ology is either proof that not everyone there has terrible taste, or it’s a confirmation of that whole broken clock business.  

The Maryland crooner appears to be gearing up for a follow up record, but has yet to release any info on such a project. He has however delivered a pair of songs that remind us that Gallant is one of the most creative and distinct talents in the R&B world. We’ve already covered “Gentleman,” and “Doesn’t Matter” is an equally fantastic song.

Yet it gets even better when you add a little A$AP Ferg. The Trap Lord makes everything better and I’m willing to see the limits of that statement tested. His opening verse on the remix to “Doesn’t Matter” adds another layer to a song that already slaps on its own. Ferg’s chemistry with Gallant was readily apparent on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month and shines through in the studio version as well.

If you’re in the process of falling ass-over-tea-kettle for another person, this is the ballad you’ve been waiting for to soundtrack the whole affair.

(It’s also worth a listen even if it’s not that’s not where you're at right now.)



Gallant will be touring this fall, supported by Jamila Woods. Dates and venues can be found below. Grab your tickets for the Too Good To Be tour over at dude’s official site.

10/18 – Atlanta – Variety Playhouse
10/19 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
10/22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/23 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/28 – Boston, Ma – Royale
10/30 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/31 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
11/2 – Detroit, MI – El Club
11/3 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
11/4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11/7 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
11/8 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
11/9 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/12 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/13 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory OC
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
11/17 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park


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