LA-based artist Rakeem Miles straddles the unique line between rock and hip hop, on his latest song utilising noodly guitar lines and warm chords to back lo-fi raps about mental health and unhealthy relationships and the freeing feeling of breaking away from these constraints.
Having linked up with big names like Chad Hugo recently, as well as writing a theme song for a new Adult Swim animated TV show called Gemusetto Machu Picchu, Rakeem seems to be on his way up and we're glad to be in on the ride.
His latest song Free calls to mind the work of Gym Class Heroes or closer to home, Australian artists like Stevan or BLESSED. In fact, Rakeem's an avid music lover and has a diverse range of Australian artists he calls inspirations, so we had him write up five of his favourite Aussie songs right now. He's pulled influences from all across the genre spectrum, from The Fray to Tame Impala to Sia, and it's so refreshing to see an artist learn from music of all eras and styles.
Tkay Maidza - You Sad
This song reminds me of the times I used to listen to The Fray, and the feeling it gave me when listening to that record.
Lauren. - Work For The Money
This record reminds me of Missy Elliot. Lauren. has a very distinct voice on this record, and I love it. It really defines who she is as an artist.
Ecca Vandal - Future Heroine
Ecca gives me the same vibes M.I.A. used to give me as a kid, and is so next level sonically.
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
This record is my favourite, from the title alone it’s such a great song. I get a lot of my ideas for my new records from this song.
Sia - Bird Set Free
This song reminds me of my current single Free, where we are speaking on the same topics of being free from past traumas and things of the past.
These artists are super creative, and animated. They all have created their own distinct sound, and art direction In a very unique way. These artists inspire me to continue doing what I do.