Bay Area rap is in good hands, as is evidenced on "Seasons," the sunny, subdued collaboration between Oakland's Kamaiyah and Vallejo's Yhung T.O.
A member of the rising group SOB x RBE, T.O. has had a big week through both the release of the lead single from the quartet's debut studio album and a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the Black Panther soundtrack. This standalone track from what is promised to be a weekly series of releases from Kamaiyah's, while a little more understated, is just as essential.
The Blakkat instrumental nods to West Coast rap's past, but glimmers like a shiny new paint job. Kamaiyah's vocals are fluid and effortless, sinking into the cushy synths like a couch groove. T.O. takes a similarly laid-back approach, but also shares deeply personal thoughts in his verse ("couldn't cry when I saw my uncle in a coffin").
One thing's for certain
One thing's fo' sho'
They pose as friends
But the enemy's close