This is quite the debut from California singer/songwriter/producer, Leven Kali, who is only 20 years old. These “3-in-1” type artists are really something nowadays, as they can single handily craft their material on their own. Anyways, are you looking for some funk? Are you looking for some R&B? Maybe a little soulful music? Something a little groovy? Look no further, as we have another genre-bending artist on our hands. With features including Casey Veggies and JoJo, Leven Kali’s debut project is something worth noting. I would list some standouts but to be honest, it’s a pretty quick listen, and they all stand out.
This kid is only 20. He just made it out of his teens, and he’s doing this? What am I doing with my life? What is life? Stream it below!
This is what we were hoping for three years ago when Earl Sweatshirt’s eerie video for EARL was uploaded to YouTube and we were all introduced to the dark, mind-bending style of a bizarre but undeniably talented young rapper. That video had a raw, grimy aesthetic that was impossible to look away from and featured ridiculous bars from a weird little 16 year old that we could barely wrap our heads around. We couldn’t help but want more.
We had to wait, though. We had to wait after he disappeared off the face of the earth when his mother sent him to Samoa. Then we had to wait some more after he returned to the country and worked to find himself as a newly famous artist with the weight of high expectations. Now the wait is over.
Since his return, Earl has released a few songs and videos (watch “Whoa” and “Chum”) but this is the closest he’s come to the magic of that EARL video. This is what we hoped would happen when a matured Earl Sweatshirt stepped to the mic and used his newfound fame, resources, and money to build on that promise he displayed on “EARL”. Even with all the fame, money, and pressure, Earl is able to channel the raw and original style of his early work and turn it into something that’s more polished and fleshed out. Something that’s better. Ask anyone who’s followed the careers of once “promising young rappers” and they’ll tell you how rare that is.
Watch below as he hangs out in dark alleyways with weird masked characters and delivers wild wordplay and striking imagery from his signature drawling flow over a heavy instrumental — then stick around for an impressive verse from Vince Staples that’ll be worth at least a few rewinds. Look for Earl Sweatshirt’s solo debut Doris on August 20th.
Yeah, I didn’t really expect this collab happening. Homeboy D-Why linked up Casey Veggies to cook up something surprising on his newest track, Kill Me Now. This is definitely the hardest I’ve heard D-Why spit and it makes sense with the swag connoisseur Casey sharing the track with him. Don’t Flatter Yourself coming soon.
I’ve been seeing Casey Veggie’s name pop up a lot lately, which I thoroughly enjoy because I like what Casey brings to the table in each of his tracks. Cleveland group, The Kickdrums, links up with Casey for this sit back and relax type track called Thieves In The Choir. Peep it!
I’ve never listened to Rockie Fresh much, but I’m a big fan of Casey Veggies so I wanted to check this one out. Well, I quickly realized that I should download more Rockie Fresh. Both of his verses are really dope to me, and I like his flow. He has nothing on Casey, though, who sounds mean while simultaneously remaining an aura of untouchable chillness.
Rockie’s new tape drops January 23rd, so we’ll be hearing more from him in the near future. Looking forward to it.
Veggies. Like UNGHHH
The young, Odd Future-affiliated Casey Veggies is re-releasing his album, Sleeping in Class, later this month. To build hype for the upcoming deluxe edition of his LP, he let loose this chilled out, smoothly assembled track that reflects on the changes he’s been going through as of late. It’s brief, but it’s a fine taste of what we’ll get come September, 20th. If you have any class at all, I wouldn’t sleep on this brotha. –@dcbui