By Jack Barnes
Approaching futuristic R&B from a Hip-Hop state of mind, nobody makes music quite like Oakland’s ymtk. Showing the full potential of his pipes over a bass-heavy and ethereal instrumental courtesy of producer Ekzakt, ymtk is at his most romantic on “Undivided,” his latest video. Directed by Rexx Life Vari, the clip finds ymtk spending quality time with the object of his affection, recording his relationship on an old-fashioned camcorder at the crib and in their more private moments. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
Premiered by ThisIsRnB, “Undivided” is a highlight from 9Song.Wav, a funky and ethereal exploration of the different shades of love. Premiered last month by LA Leakers, 9Song.Wav is a funky and ethereal exploration of the different shades of love. Featuring standout tracks like the VIBE-premiered, guitar-inflected beach anthem “Confetti“ and the P-Lo-featuring club banger “In This Moment,” 9Song.Wav is a lyrically sharp and sonically colorful burst of sunshine to warm up the winter months.
One of the more quietly prolific and influential artists in the modern Bay Area music scene, ymtk (short for “Young Murph The Kidd”) has collaborated with everybody from Nef The Pharaoh to Iamsu! to Too $hort. Born and raised in Oakland, ymtk started making music in the heyday of the hyphy music. Though he loved the music of the movement, the music that he created did not quite fit with the regional style, so he relocated to Los Angeles to make the smooth hybrid of rap and R&B that he is known for today. Last year, ymtk released the eccentric All The Right Places, which featured “No Job,” one of SF Weekly’s Best Bay Area Songs of 2016, and boasted appearances from Marc E. Bassy, Choice, Rexx Life Raj, Iamsu!, and Too $hort, and garnered a major sync when his song “Hella Super High” appeared in the Lionsgate film Kicks. Most recently, ymtk collaborated with Rexx Life Raj for the Emoji Goats EP, a short and winsomely eccentric EP with appearances from P-Lo and Caleborate, whic
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Previously: Album Stream: ymtk – 9Song.Wav [Audio]