I first stumbled upon the Rhode Island rapper last year, when I was wading through everything and anything I could find in Hip Hop’s most experimental playground at the moment: Atlanta. He’d had a colloboration with one of Atlanta’s most slept on, and yet most visually striking figures to date, Rome Fortune in a tune called “Swim Team”. A title probably stemming from Khary’s love of all things subterrenean and underwater. This was a decent banger, so I followed him on Instagram just to track his progress.
Since then his music has came on leaps and bounds, I’d best describe his genre fit as the intensely self-reflective, Indie-Hipster branch that Hip Hop has begun to foster over the years. Maybe a good name for it would be internet rapper, or Soundcloud emcees? These type of rappers incorporate music from all over the globe, from a diverse range of cultures and time periods and good examples would be the likes of Tuni ige, iLoveMakonnen, Father, etc. You won’t hear them on the radio (just yet) but they do well via the streaming services. Khary is of this breed in my opinion; he doesn’t look like your archetypal rapper, he’s rather scrawny, a bit dorky looking and doesn’t command tracks with a tough baritone voice which you might see in someone like Rick Ross. However, for what he lacks in machismo he compensates in well crafted bars, clearly put to use in his latest project:’Intern Aquarium’ alongside groovy production which he rides effortlessly with a multitude of flows. I can definitely relate to Khary, as an aspiring artist working as an intern myself you’re dying to break free of your chains and flood the streets with your music; say good riddance to the 9–5 and live everyday like it’s the weekend! However, there’s beauty in the struggle…
Khary broods on subject matters such as the aforementioned dilemma he finds himself in above, dealing with his ageing parents who are somewhat displeased at his career goals, peers who don’t recognise his potential, and girls who distract him and inspire him simultaneously. His voice carries the same weight as Jaden Smith, the infamous Philosopher-Kid who we can’t seem to get away from…bright ideas, with an indigo childlike charm. Khary’s dreams may not be far off though, he’s hit some pretty nice peaks in his career of late trending well on Spotify with 300K listens for his song “Find Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn8YmP48rk0, which he wrote while working a pop-up shop. One of my personal favourites from him is his jam, “i’m sorry” (Khary Freestyle), which lures you into the dreamy soundscapes of a song underladen with a sweet recurrent sample and glossy flows.
“I’ve never been to Las Vegas but i’ve been fearing and loathing”, a perfect gem for Majestic Casual.