Bounce. I’ve been too real with myself.
A hip hop prince has emerged in the form of Jalen Santoy, a young rapper from North Carolina who has added new music to our libraries with his incredible productions. Santoy recently released the video for the Daniel Worthy-produced “Off The Glass” track, which comes off of his latest EP Charlie Eastern.
In this demonic visual, Santoy takes us through a barren land with a dystopic backdrop. We then are “serenaded” by the cacophony of sound created to string together the underlying instrumental for the vocals that suddenly come together in this raw and well-constructed record.
This Charlotte rapper takes you into the underworld of hip hop in this music video, with a Travi$ Scott darkness and a ScHoolboy Q vibe, this Kendrick Lamar-esque artist takes you through the form of rap music of relaxed bar spitting over a trippy, epic bass.
The perimeters in the video are surrounded by skeletons, crawling bodies, and burning roses which landscape our imaginations whilst listening to this apocalyptic, war zone song.
“Need to be real with yourself, need to be real with yourself”, the Ventwood Entertainment / EMPIRE signee reminds us.
The beat and vocals sound like the incantations of sirens bringing us back through horrid flashbacks of darker times. It’s a nightmarish single in a dreamy kind of way. It’s a sad and unprecedented creation, and it is something entirely different from what those who know of this up-and-comer, he usually produces- something on the lighter, smoother side.
In Santoy’s May 2016 project, Charlie Eastern, I can honestly say that it was hands-down, a stunning piece of work created in the hip hop realm. It was dramatic, chill, orchestral, melodic, jazzy epic, and so much more. Be on the lookout for this growing artist whose range is impressive and whose talent is clear as could be. Already, the 24-year old has been recognized by notable publications and organizations such as The Fader, Mass Appeal, DJ Booth, 2DopeBoyz, XXL, and Complex. He has been a recording music since the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped his art since.
The project was in dedication to his cousin who had been an unfortunate victim to the brutality of the police forces. “Off The Glass” is one of the many tracks off of that compilation that was different from the rest in order to get across that distinct message of hope and love hurt and lost. In this particular cinematic exposé, arthur gallery and APlus Films (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q etc) direct Santoy to push out of his comfort zone of the feely, sweet vibes he is used to and to challenge himself to go far and beyond that emotion to gain a presence in the space of aggressiveness and vocal impact as well– to find that revolutionary within.
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