Ryan Oakes Gets Vulnerable About Mental Health On New "DOWN" Single

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We're always looking for hot new artists to showcase on our website. This weekend, they've certainly been coming in numbers. Not only did Drake's first female OVO signee, Naomi Sharon, drop off two impressive singles, but we've also got an HNHH initiation post for Ryan Oakes.

On Friday (January 20), the latter shared his emotionally vulnerable "DOWN" single. On it, he markedly reflects on his personal mental health journey. As the rapper notes, this is a topic that's previously been prevalent in his music journey.

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"Ever since I can remember I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. ‘DOWN’ is a song that encapsulates the anxieties and fears of moving across the country alone to chase my dreams," he shared in a press release.

"I think a lot of people underestimate how hard that can be and how many sacrifices are necessary when you’re out there grinding to make your dreams come true," Oakes adds. "That’s the exact point I tried to get across in ‘DOWN.’"

Correspondingly accompanying the fire new Zach Jones-produced single is a Scott Hansen-directed music video.

Fans of the new track will be happy to know that it's likely to appear on Oakes' forthcoming debut project. Other recent arrivals from him include "This Is Not a Christmas Song" with NEFFEX as well as "WHITE FLAG" in tandem with Magnolia Park.

Stream Ryan Oakes' "DOWN" single on Spotify or Apple Music below. Afterward, find more new music recommendations on our weekly Fire Emoji playlist update here.

Quotable Lyrics:

Put my heart on my sleeve, and a facade on my face
Got autopilot kicking in and now I'm hiding the traits
Shit, I could walk around in public crying help and with a gun to my brain
And if you asked me how I'm doing I'll convince you I'm great, wait

About The Author
Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.