British-Ghanaian rising star Kojey Radical has teamed up with Virginia's Masego to flex their style on the smooth-as-butter Silk. It's a bouncy track about pulling yourself up from the bottom and showing the world what you've got to offer. Kojey isn't afraid to talk his shit on the track, commenting that "Someone said I'm underrated, that was news to me/'Cause the fam' eat good and sleep beautifully".
Kojey's flow sounds as effortless as ever, gliding over production from Blue Lab Beats and Swindle. Masego gives the track some cross-continental swagger, while the soaring vocals on the hook help elevate the track and take it just that little bit higher.
The track is set to feature on Kojey's upcoming debut album Reasons To Smile. Kojey's using the album to explore the hip-hop that's shaped his sound, with sample nods, references and interpolations set to be ever-present on the record. It'll feature a host of artists, as well as Kojey's mum - which is a fitting touch, given how much of himself Kojey's put into this record.
Speaking about the album, Kojey explains, "This is the first time I've done it to the scale and ambition of what I speak. Previously it's been "I'm warming, I'm warming, I'm warming up". But I'm warm now - put me in the game”. Game time's here, and he's looking to take the winning shot.
You can check out Silk below, as well as the tracklist for Reasons To Smile. It'll feature the likes of Kelis, Tiana Major9, Wretch 32 and more, and it's set to be a big moment in the evolution of the UK sound, as well as his own, which he describes as "space and bass". Stay dialled in.
Reasons To Smile
1. Reason to Smile ft. Tiana Major9
4. Silk ft. Masego
5. Pressure ft. Shaé Universe
6. Born ft. Cashh
7. Pusher Man
8. Talkin ft. Kelis & Tiana Major9
9. War Outside ft. Lex Amor
10. Payback ft. Knucks
12. Beautiful ft. Shakka & Wretch 32
13. Anywhere ft. Ego Ella May
14. Solo ft. Rexx Life Raj