Despite what critics and pioneers say, this new wave of rap and R&B is 100% authentic. It may not be the traditional story time rhymes or filled with lyrical content like those of Jay-Z, Eminem, or Nas but this new school rap laminates the importance of individualism and originality. With sounds from those of Lil Uzi Vert, Playboy Carti, and Lil Yachty, these artist have put emphasis on making melodic tunes that are extremely catchy and hip. Thus, generating an entire new sound I like to call Trap&B.
Two young artist that have been making noise throughout the underground and the mainstream music scene are Kodak Black and PnB Rock. Both, who recently collaborated on Kodak's highly anticipated mixtape "Lil Big Pac".
The self-proclaimed 'project baby' Kodak Black, 19, reigns from Pompano Beach, Fl. Throughout his music, he proudly boasts about his Haitian heritage and making it from nothing. Being so young, Kodak is not a rookie to the streets. In and out of jail at a young age, his depicts stories of the obstacles faced in the Golden Acres public housing projects. He is highly notable being one of the very few rappers to receive a feature from Gucci Mane, on "Vibing in this Bih". Once he returned home, he was able to score a major record deal with Atlantic Records. Along with work with Gucci, Kodak has put the spotlight on himself with club anthems, "Lockjaw" and "Skrilla". Currently arrested on gun charges and fleeing from the police, Kodak Black would be headlining the Parental Advisory tour with Lil Uzi Vert.
On the flip side, RnB Rock, 23, hails from the Germantown section of Uptown Philadelphia. Reigning from the blocks of Pastorius and Bayton, Rock is not your typical R&B artist. He fell in love with music and learned his craft at a young age in prison by watching other inmates singing on the yard. PnB wants other artist to know that he is not a "soft love song artist". He says he has created his own lane and that's what has gotten him this far. Commonly compared to Fetty Wap, the two artist worked together to create several joint tracks. With hit single "Fleek", which has over 7 million plays on Soundcloud, PnB Rock has already made noise on his own. He has also scored a deal with Atlantic Records. Now, he plans plans on heating up the summer and putting on for his team.
Now with both artist joining talents on new single "Too Many Years", the music world gets a taste of both Kodak's pain felt project stories and PnB Rock's calming melodies. On the JGramm produced track, the audience will be impressed hearing the cry of street soldiers and some may relate to the personal pain inflicted upon the urban community by state institutional prisons.
done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard, niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind