Fast-rising rapper Leek Mali has returned with his brand-new EP, Summer Forever, a four-track collection of soulful hip-hop that embodies the genre’s golden era, with a fresh and modern twist. Hailing from Prince Georges County, Maryland, Leek only burst on the scene in 2020 but already has several notable releases under his belt, such as “Party Time” and “400+ Years”, and he looks set to continue his momentum with this latest release.
Having been a music fan since discovering one of his dad’s Sugarhill CDs as a child, Leek showcases his full range of talents on Summer Forever, with the project highlighting his unique voice, varied cadence, and impressive penmanship – a formidable combination that makes for a fascinating listen. The EP’s opening track, “Summer Forever”, sets the tone for what becomes a diverse collection of sounds throughout the project that stretches beyond typical hip-hop genre conventions and offer something unique, such as on the closing track “Sent2U”, which includes Baltimore trumpeter Brandon Woody playing live on the track. “Sent2U” is particularly special to Leek, as it marks the debut of The SentruEz, a new genre-bending duo formed of Leek and singer-songwriter Tadiwa.
Speaking more on the project, Leek says, “Summer Forever represents graduating from college and finally having the world in the palm of my hands. I can now do whatever, whenever because I’m finally free from the shackles of school. I get to live in the summer forever because nothing is holding me back from accomplishing my dreams.
“The project was created within the last couple weeks of college before I graduated this past May. I had a euphoric feeling during this time because I felt so accomplished and was excited for what the future held for me. My team, including Jordan Ali, Tadiwa, NotEye, Nepado, and Mastered.minds and I teamed up and created tracks that fed off of how we’ve contributed to elevating each other’s artistry, which explains the features.”
Driving in his own lane with a clear vision of how he wants to present his artistry to the world, Leek Mali is a much-welcomed addition to the hip-hop scene and is undoubtedly a talent to watch out for. And with more new content, including visuals, on the way, he’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Summer Forever is available to buy/stream now on all platforms: https://linktr.ee/LeekMali.
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