Leven Kali – Artist to Watch

So this 23 year old singer, songwriter and producer has been out for a couple of years now but he got his first shine with a feature on a track called “Flex” on Playboy Carti’s mixtape in 2017. Also the song “Time” by Snoh Aalegra which became popular after it was sampled on Drake’s More Life track “Do Not Disturb”, was actually written by Snoh Aalegra and Leven Kali together.

With his parents both being musicians, Kali was basically born to do this. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been living in Santa Monica, California for most of his life and he definitely corporates that Cali vibe into his music. But what makes him special is that he’s not just simply providing us with feel good music. His 2016 track “Joy” is a genius mix of highly relevant political lyrics and optimistic sound.

“Around the world man, Need some peace on earth man, asking for a change, oh I’m praying for some (JOY), man they blowing up France and they killing kids in class, so we need a little (JOY), now you might feel it take too long, but we gon’ fight and keep on marching to our dream”, is the third verse of the song which ends with a quote of Martin Luther King’s most famous speech “So even though, we face the difficulties, of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream!”

Leven Kali’s latest gem is the single “Do U Wrong” featuring Syd’s angelic voice and he’s going to release new music soon. So stay tuned!

 

Why 2 Chainz, YG and Offset are just trying to make their momma’s PROUD

So the video for 2 Chainz’ single “PROUD” featuring YG and Offset, from his latest EP “The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It”, is hilarious, no question! The rappers’ mothers dressed up as their sons, lip-syncing their verses is probably the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. But besides being funny as hell, the 2 Chainz-directed video has a really strong message and underlying significance that most probably don’t really acknowledge. Each of the three artists has been going through their own struggles with money, drugs, the law…but they all have one thing in common – a Supermom, acting as mother and father figure at the same damn time.

2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, was arrested for the first time for posession of cocaine when he was only 15 years old. Since his father was in and out of prison, he was raised by his mother who went through the struggle of drug dealing and money issues with him. As he raps in the song “Me and momma used to trap out the same house, used to eat and go to sleep on the same couch, me and momma got busted at the same time, went to court and told judge the damn same lies”. 2 Chainz’ relationship with his father grew closer over the years but he passed away in 2012.

YG, born Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, equally gave his mother a hard time. While his father was in jail, his mother took over and tried to support him in any way she could. However, this didn’t prevent him from getting arrested as well. Luckily, his sentence for residential burglery got shortened from 2 years to only 3 months, which allowed him to keep focusing on his music and finally getting signed to Def Jam Records. YG first openly showed his appreciation for his mother on his song “Sorry Momma” from his first album “My Krazy Life” where he apologizes for the hard times he has put her through. In his verse on “PROUD” he raps “‘Cause I know you wanna see me come home proper, soon as I get right I said I gotcha then I gotcha”.

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus was raised by his aunt (Quavo’s mom) and his mother, together with his cousins Quavious Keyate Marshall aka Quavo and Kirshnik Khari Ball aka Takeoff. Yeah I know right? Pretty complex names. Also pretty complex family situation! Took me a while to figure it out to be honest. But returning to the point I’m trying to make here. Offset’s and Takeoffs father’s left when they were still young and Quavo’s father passed away when he was only four years old. So clearly another Supermom situation! Also Offset isn’t just trying to make his momma proud he is also trying to make his grandmomma proud!! She suffered a premature death due to cancer and so Offset went and raised $500,000 for the American Cancer Society. Yeah I’m sure she’s hella PROUD!

But now, knowing these little background stories, watch the video! And if you’ve seen it already, watch it again! I think you’ll appreciate it even more now.