After posting up 75 million total streams and establishing himself one of the most exciting artists to watch in 2020, 2KBABY unleashes his debut EP, Pregame Rituals, today. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Affirming his status as Louisville’s rookie of the year, the Kentucky native delivers a ten-track trip accelerated by confessional melodies, deft rapping and his slick signature croon. Pre-Game Rituals includes the breakthrough anthem “Old Streets” and its recent remix featuring multiplatinum Chicago rapper Lil Durk. Between the original and the remix, total streams for “Old Streets” have exceeded 48 million and counting. Meanwhile, it sparked a flurry of activity on TikTok with 50,000-plus uses to date. Additionally, the project boasts “FAXTS,” which racked up over 6 million streams thus far. XXL predicted, “It’s on pace to be another successful song for him,” and added, “the 19-year-old has more to offer and he’s just getting started.” Not to mention, Pitchfork touted it among “The Ones,” and Complex pegged him as one of the “25 Rappers To Watch in 2020.”
Pregame Rituals begins with the airy harmonics of “Drowning” and on its heels, a soul sample gives way to floating cadences of “Old Soul” [feat. G Herbo]. The irresistible hook—“I’m sorry that I got an old soul”—echoes with raw power. Cinematic piano sets the stage for standout “Half A Milli” [feat. YFN Lucci] with 2K and Lucci delivering incredible verses. Then there’s “Rolling Stone,” where 2KBABY details his come-up with fire and conviction. Check out the full tracklisting below.
About the project, 2KBABY commented: “‘Pregame Rituals’ is telling the story of everything before the deal and a little bit of life after the deal. This EP is my pregame ritual. I always do this before the game. I got to remember where I came from and what made me to get to this point. I always remember my brothers and my family, keeping my morals and principles I operate on, such as loyalty and love.”
With these rituals in place, 2KBABY sets his sights on a championship year.
PREGAME RITUALS TRACKLIST
2. OLD SOUL FT. G HERBO
5. NEW SHOES
6. BALI BLONDE
7. HALF A MILLI FT. YFN LUCCI
8. DREAMING REMIX (HARP EDITION)
9. ROLLING STONE
10. OLD STREETS REMIX FT. LIL DURK
Christian Michael Todd (born July 19, 2000), better known by his stage name 2KBABY, is a rapper, singer and songwriter from the Southside of Louisville, KY. From a young age, 2KBABY had to shoulder much responsibility, taking care of his family while growing up in the projects of Louisville. At the age of 15, 2KBABY quickly rose to local fame after recording his first song “Southside Story.” In 2018, he decided to take his career to the next level and made the move down to Atlanta. Together with Louisville producer Danny Hajj and his team in Atlanta, 2KBABY quickly got to work on his craft. Collectively, they developed a unique sound, which lead to 2KBABY’s first breakout hit “Old Streets.”
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