Athletes can sing too! As NFL Quarterback Manny Wilkins who goes by his artist name 5IVE, unleashes a new level with debut project “INTRO” that’s proving that point. From college football at Arizona State to making music, 5IVE brings quarantine music vibes with a 5 track long EP and two features from Capito and Prep Bijan. The project sets the tone with the sultry “Watch Out” & “On The Road” mastering the Trap Soul sound that reverberates throughout the project. “Do You Gotta Man” featuring Prep Bijan switches up the instrumental style adding a little bounce to the EP and in the process unleashing a unique rhythm that could be developed into a genre of it’s own. Overall polished and clean sounding production on 5IVE’s project makes “INTRO” a must listen with enough flavour to charm everyone in their feelings during the lockdown. With Férina backing, the PND influence is very much welcome as 5ive has a unique ability to switch emotions without switching his style as he effortlessly maintains a firm grip on his ultra-unique voice.
“I would simply describe my music as a new refreshing and different sound. A lot of people start making music and just make catchy stuff, they want that HIT record that’s going to blow them up so that’s the type of sound you get. With every record I do I let the beat breathe so people can truly feel it then put my vocals on it to complete a story”.
5IVE’s look and all around vibe is a great addition to the Trap Soul genre. His ability to maintain a professional career in the NFL and have major-label ready musical product ready already, he’s not only a viable new contender in the resurging Trap Soul genre, but also a Deion Sanders-like mutant that can unlock new levels of cultural identity. His uncanny ability to rev up his audience for what is to come from him in the future is one of his strong traits as he went live with Férina head honcho PartyNextDoor recently to seal his co-sign. Production credits include Batmanonthebeatz, Nxghts, Ashton Mccreight and Emoney.
Stream the project below and look out for more music from him in the future via his instagram.
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