There’s been a refreshing R&B revival as of late and I’m not complaining. Crooners like Drake, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Miguel have all added their uncommon flare to the genre, twisting and turning it to uncharted lands.
New York native Tim Vocals is proving to do the same with his debut mixtape, Live From Harlem. The best way I can describe Mr. Vocals is gritty gangsta rap meets smooth R&B. He lives at the intersection of Nas and Michael Jackson, stringing together melodies about about bad bitches, pushing drugs, and gang violence. Even from looking at Vocals, you’d expect him to spit bars. But, to no avail, he only drops a silky tenor divulging the intricate street life of those in crime-infested Harlem.
Peep his flip of Omarion’s MIA below, and don’t sleep on grabbing his whole mixtape full of other “goon-mixes.”