By Jack Barnes
With witty wordplay and exquisite taste in production, NYC rapper Khary writes evocative rhymes about his colorful experiences. Stylishly spitting stories about his experience as a twenty-something in NYC, Khary shares Captain, his new full-length project. Titled after the side of his personality that emerged as the Providence native adapted to his big city environment, Captain is a confident and focused new project, emphasizing the necessity of self-knowledge and self-mastery for success in music or any other artistic pursuit. Soaked in immersive, bass-heavy sonics courtesy of producers like Dilip, Calev, Tedd Boyd, the album is a diverse array of sharply written rap tracks, from the confident and confrontational “Captain,” to the the woozy“4AM Thirst Ballad,” rapped from the perspective of one of “The Captain’s” significant others, and the gleefully irreverent “Wifi,” which boasts a humorous, EARMILK-premiered video. Premiered by Lyrical Lemonade, Captain is packed with inventive flows and memorable punchlines, all organized into a useful and inspiring message. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Explains Khary, “Captain represents mastery of self–mentally, physically, and spiritually. As humans, we reach for it on a daily basis. When you ask most people what they want out of life, they say ‘happiness,’ and I believe you have to be the ‘Captain’ of yourself to achieve true happiness. Along the journey we encounter different things whether it be people, substances, etc. that make us feel like we’ve achieved this state that turn out to be false and detrimental to our well being. This project is the story of life as a 20 something male living in New York. I moved to NYC five years ago and was a much more reserved person. I challenged myself to adapt, but somewhere along the way, I became temporarily lost in this person that was only a fraction of myself. But I had also outgrown the reserved me. So I started to reflect on the past five years of my life to start merging the old me and the new me into the person I want to be in the future. This project is a product of that self-reflection.”
Cutting his teeth at open-mics in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, Khary found his voice as an artist when he started interning at various music and media companies in NYC. In 2016, Khary dropped Intern Aquarium, his debut project, which focused on his hustle and his nascent artistic being, finding viral success with “Find Me,” which recently placed on the soundtrack of NBA 2K18. Earlier this year, Khary released Tidal Graves, an EP created in collaboration with Lege Kale. With over 16 million plays on all platforms, Khary is an artist on the rise growing a considerable fanbase and performing with the likes of Tory Lanez, Kyle, Mura Masa, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, Waka Flocka, and comedian Jermaine Fowler.
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