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Introducing: Ye Ali

As LA thrives with an authentic array of artists and producers, it’s sound is evolving, from being rap-centric, (and while that is currently thriving) there is a strong emergence of a more soulful sound, lead by the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, with TeeFli and newer acts such as 24hrs and Bino Rideaux amongst the ranks, another one to watch for is Ye Ali.

A blend of both rap and R&B, he’s found himself as one of the more overlooked talents, rising to acclaim in 2016 with his Traphouse Jodeci project..

A showcase of his style and sound, drawing from influences and delivering a complete body of work through as concept that proved consistent from the first track down to the last. He expanded on that with Private Suite..

..allowing him to merge more of his R&B influences with his current feel, featuring the fan-favourite Ring x4. Both projects helped sustain a fanbase, which the next year were gifted with Passion & Patience.

A more refined version of the previous offerings, like an album, and while it overall was well received, it’s also boasted the big record Talk Less..

(Initially I was reviewing this track and video, however, as I saw it continue to fly under the radar, I felt that Ye Ali overall deserved mention for his work thus far.) Featuring the classic Ashanti sample, he’s able to comfortably croon and more so make his presence felt without being overshadowed by the sample itself. Talk Less has slowly gained traction, finding itself to the ears of influencers and helped spur Ye Ali even further, and as much as it’s last year’s lowkey anthem, I would not be surprised if it found itself circulating through this summer, as it has still not fulfilled it’s potential. The track also helped highlight the quality that comes from him working with producer Bizness Boi, who together had created a vast amount of his work thus far, and as both continue to excel in their own lanes, it only means for more good music and success to come.

One thing is for sure that Ye Ali has been ahead of his time, with his previous finding itself inspiring some of today’s tracks, for the likes of Chris Brown and more.

If you like what you have heard thus far, then be sure to stay tuned, as he continues to develop on his craft and provide the vibes, much like his recent two collaborations..

You can expect to hear a more developed sound as he is no doubt working on a new project, one that I am sure will help raise the profile of himself, his artistry and penmanship.

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Tyga – Move To L.A. ft. Ty Dolla $ign

It’s been a weird one for the former Young Money rapper, as his high-profile relationship seemed to overshadow his career, even on his current promo run, every interview is more focused on that than him and his music. It is rather annoying and can only imagine how it is for him, but aware that he needs to brush these rumours off to get their focus back on track, he’s tackled it, and as the smoke clears, his new project, Bitch I’m The Shit 2 is on the way. This in some ways is another chance to push himself back into prominence as an artist, and as we have seen from him in the past, establishing his Last Kings brand (after leaving Cash Money), he is capable.

The first single off the project, is the Bad Boy-ode, sampling one of my favourite Ma$e tracks, What You Want ft. Total. I was sceptical at first, but to be honest, if I’m trying to make a comeback of sorts, and hear the song, I too would think to flip it, and then you put the wavy Dolla $ign on it, who would bet against that?

Having previously heard the record, it’s a pretty straightforward flip, and the sample is classic and will no doubt work, the added feature of Ty Dolla $ign really takes the record to another level. Visually, T-Rawww pays homage to the Bad Boy era, and it starts off a lot better than it ends, it might have benefitted better with a similar intro to the original, or even kept a similar vibe, but none the less they show love with the floating scene and a couple lil’ jigs with the fisheye lens. I appreciate the respects to to the West coast with the Big Boi skit, but other than some beautiful women and a couple cool steps, the visuals are not anything out of the ordinary, but the song (albeit due to the sample) is strong and will definitely raise interests for the project’s release, which might do better than most predict, especially in the streaming realm.

Noted that BITS2 is being marketed as a mixtape, so you cannot expect too much being put into it, but I reckon there’s fire on it, so look out for that.

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Polyester The Saint – Grey Filas

If you thought LA’s current run was slowing, guess again. Ladies & Gentlemen, introducing, Polyester The Saint.

Now, this is by no way, his actual introduction, I’ve heard him prior, courtesy of collaborations with some of my favourite artists (Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gibbs), and (like his name) his verses stood out, leading on to hearing some of his own material, and initially it was evident potential, until last year, when I came across the wavy project, entitled ‘Pop, an acronym for “Passion • Obsession • Profession”. It featured this song, which was an instant hit as I had a pair, so it became a sort of anthem, Pop also featured another personal favourite 5-hunnid Benz. Throughout the project, he tackled the production with such originality whilst paying homage to the classic West Coast theme, I was impressed with the structure, and the overall wave.

Fast forward to now, I’m about to step outside, slipped my grey Fila ’96s on, happen to peer online and saw this new video, leading to me rinsing the internet on my phone, watching the video at every opportunity (Thus this review being written now, as I’ve just got back in, Filas still on). Directed by Andre 4k, he gives us a good balance with the artist being the focal point, whilst keeping the theme and vibe of the record accentuated.

“I’m yellin’ Thug Life..”

The record itself has such a southern flavour to it, Pimp C would be proud, with Pac feeling as satisfied with the West Coast soul that flows through. As usual, I have a remix in mind, I think musically it would work, if it were to feature Chase N Cashe, and the reasoning behind it, isn’t just that he’s also a dope musician on the rise, but because he too reps Fila, it would be a good look for the brand, for sure. There are a lot of people standing with their surfboards, hoping to catch onto a wave, then you have a player like Poleyster The Saint, who happens to have his own. If you like this, then definitely check out ‘Pop’, and be ready for the new project, due soon.

“Squares can’t keep up, I’m in the grey Filas..”

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