Rising Nashville rapper named Kaby has a sound that is a blended mix of boom-bap, southern trap sounds and is rich with live instrumentation. His newest single, "Soon" and the visual that goes along with it is premiering below and I could not be more elated.
A little background on the man: Born and raised in Nashville, Kaby was influenced by New York heavyweights Ghostface Killah, Pete Rock and Detroit legend J. Dilla as much as Southern titans Juicy J and DJ Paul. He finds inspiration from a wide variety of sources, so his sound is not easily defined as merely boom-bap, Southern, or any one thing. Kaby doesn't wear his influences like a costume, but like a tapestry made up of different textures and colors. Both musically and visually, Kaby has a style all his own.
This single off his upcoming album 'Era of the Try Hard' reflects his persona of making sharp turns from rapid-fire flows, melodic anthems, brazen lyrics and vulnerable themes. In Kaby's own words "At the end of the day, I want to contribute to the culture. Not to extract."
"Soon" is an ode to Hip-Hop of yesteryear with a boom-bap flavor that screams and wiggles with a wordplay reminiscent of emcees who when starting out have something to prove. Beyond the cutting lyrics there is a laser focus drive emanating from deep with Kaby as he raps with earnest and little humor to boot.
Kaby be performing at Nashville's Breakaway Festival headlined by Wiz Khalifa, Illenium, Russ and GRiZ on October 6.