London's own Kay Young is bringing a pointedly revolutionary sound to British hip-hop. Discovered by Jay Electronica and then promptly co-signed by Jay-Z to Roc Nation, Young has already accomplished the hard part of becoming a star; getting her music in front of the right ears. Now all that's left is to deliver on the hype and laudation her music is receiving. After listening to her new track "I've Got You," it's safe to say she is more than capable of delivering.
An eclectic and vibrantly happy-go-lucky cut, "I've Got You" establishes Young as a gifted and prodigious wordsmith with a penchant for churning out classic-sounding but entirely fresh nuggets of soul-hop goodness. Clocking in at over 5 minutes, you might expect the track to grow tiresome or boring after awhile but Young switches beats and flows to keep everything fresh and sizzling. Somehow combining the hip-hop classicism of Tribe with the new-school British hip-hop brilliance spearheaded by Little Simz, Kay Young clearly has all the tools to captivate audiences at home and abroad.
A naturally charismatic performer, Young's soul-hop fusion music is diverse and inventive enough to satisfy casual listeners and old-head hip-hop fans alike. A new EP sits on the horizon in early October so it's a good time to familiarize yourself with Kay Young as she looks to become a household name before the turn of the new year.