With hits like “Hot Topic” and “Ferragamo” to his name, Boston rapper 6orn (of duo G-dot & 6orn) has amassed a serious solo following these past few years. And with the surprise release of Play for Keeps, we’re finally getting his first project on the major digital streaming platforms. It represents a big step forward for the talented rapper and vocalist who’s just getting started with this five-track EP.
A big reason for that is what the project’s title actually means to 6orn. “‘Play for Keeps’ is a title that I was feeling at the time of the recording ‘cause the game is rigged and I found the blueprint,” he explains. “So now I’m coming for everything this game has to offer, and I plan on staying with it forever.“
You can hear that passion for the artform throughout the five tracks on here, particularly the lead single “Oh Yeah.” The Ethancx-produced banger showcases 6orn at his most versatile as he seamlessly shape-shifts from one vocal style to the next. It perfectly bridges the gap between his straightforward-rap and pop-leaning approaches, and we get a hint of that on another standout cut, “Kill the Comp,” as well.
Interestingly enough, those are the two solo joints on the release, which otherwise includes guest appearances with his frequent collaborator Geo Fendi on both “No Time” and “The Wave,” as well as the talented newcomer Frankee-Lu who struts her stuff on the club-ready “Bands on Top.” But whether solo or with a guest, 6orn undeniably holds his own across the entirety of Play for Keeps, which actually arrives on the heels of his latest release as part of the duo G-dot & 6orn, Boomsday. Not only that, but you can consider these releases the appetizers for his main course, Scales, which is his much anticipated joint album with acclaimed producer Zaytoven.
Until then, you can rock with the five bangers on Play for Keeps, which is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms via Rich & Fly Records, and can be streamed here in its entirety courtesy of RESPECT.
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