The Bay Beat vol. 7: Kahlee, Uptown Swuite, Kamaiyah, Mr. Lif

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“Might not be there when you want me but I’m on time.” – Kanye West.
Not that I really want to compare myself to ‘Ye nor am I THAT late. I do have some great new music from the Bay Area. I always place link my personal twitter on here but I will direct y’all to @DaWhat where I host ticket giveaways for great shows! – Benjamin Cohn


 

Kahlee – For My People (Remix) ft. Uptown Swuite & Odessa Kane

With clips of protests, wars, corrupt politicians, state sanctioned violence and other impactful images spliced into the video, Vallejo’s Uptown Swuite joins Kahlee and Odessa Kane on a new people’s anthem. If you’re looking for music with a message, look no farther and stand with indigenous peoples around the world.


 

Kamaiyah – A Good Night in the Ghetto

I have been talking about this for a while but the noise has gotten a lot louder as of late. I haven’t read any negative reviews of the mixtape; I am pretty impressed with the debut as a whole and believe that it shows a lot of potential. Some of my initial favorites are “I’m On,” “Ain’t Goin Home Tonight” and “One Love” but nothing really touches her breakthrough single “How Does it Feel.”


 

Mr. Lif – World Renown ft. Del the Funky Homosapien Produced by Pas Doo

This busy, enticing beat is courtesy of Pas Doo, an Oakland emcee and producer that is also an integral part of Today’s Future Sounds (whom I’ve mentioned before). For most, this would be a very challenging instrumental to find a pocket but two veterans like Mr. Lif and Del somehow make it seem easy. In the words of Mellow Music Group, the song’s home, Don’t Look Down, “mirrors this personal descent and rebirth, a hero’s journey worthy of Joseph Campbell.” This track specifically will help fill the middle portion of the character arc, “the central character creates his own world, barricading himself from the ills of society.”