Chicago rapper N.E.P.H.E.W. recently premiered both the track and accompanying visual for his Jamaican influenced track, aptly titled “Kingston.”
As of late, Caribbean flavor has been infiltrating the airwaves of popular radio. But, let some Yardies tell it and they might say that this commercial blend of island sounds is inauthentic. “Kingston” seems to be the answer to those criticisms. It may feel odd that it took a cat out of the Chi to present a more digestible fusion of hip-hop and reggae vibes. But the emcee’s effort along side Weasel Sims is undeniably dope. Offering a subtle, more gritty take on island sounds, than what the mainstream is used to, the midwest artist gets the job done.
Even more impressive is the fact that N.E.P. has been releasing what he calls world/hip-hop music since the mid 2000’s. His grind finally paid off after two mixtapes and two full lengths, as he scored a deal with Sony/Viacom.
Coming off an insane collaboration with intentional superstar DJ Steve Aoki and lending his vocals to “Dope Girls.”
Let us know if you love the track (and Belly inspired video) like we do! Check out more from N.E.P.H.E.W. and latest project GRATITUDE.