Video: Jalen Santoy – “Foreplay” (Produced by Tim Stacks)
With His Charlie Eastern EP Arriving November 18th, the FADER Premieres the Visual for the North Carolina Artist’s Breakout Hit
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A breezy, minimalist summer jam with compelling verses, a beautifully harmonized chorus, and an unforgettable saxophone riff (borrowed from Bobby Hebb‘s 1966 smash “Sunny“), North Carolina rapper Jalen Santoy had a viral hit on his hands when he released “Foreplay,” produced byJordeaux, in March 2015. Over a year and nearly 6 million total streams later, Jalen treats us to the song’s colorful visual, which sketches the story of a good relationship gone bad. “The video is meant to be colorful showing that though, lyrically, there is clear discontent within the relationship, the contrast is what brings it to life,” explains Jalen Santoy. “There will always be conflict in any relationship but allowing people to get involved with your mindset will do nothing but taint the original picture.” Premiered today by the FADER, “Foreplay” is the lead single from Jalen’s upcoming Charlie Eastern EP, which releases on November 18th.
Explains Jalen, “Charlie Eastern represents birth, foundation, and the willingness to show transparency in difficult situations. I lost a close cousin of mine in the process of making this project due to police brutality, a similar story that’s known too well in our culture today. He was part of a rap group founded in Charleston called ‘Charlie Eastern’ In this project I shed light on the different mindsets that innately come about when dealing with the unpredictable struggles of life.”
Boasting a flow as smooth as his singing voice, Jalen Santoy has a gift for making insightful, melodic Hip-Hop. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Jalen started writing and rapping when he was 15-years-old, but did not release his first song until 2014, at the age of 21. It did not take long for “God” to gain some local traction, eventually catching the ear of North Carolina veteran and former Little Brother member Rapper Big Pooh who hopped on the remix. Following the success of “God,” Jalen appeared on Pooh’s Words Paint Pictures EP, lending a verse to “Kings.” His forthcoming EP, Charlie Eastern, is an ideal introduction to Jalen’s style, packed with sweet melodies and slick verses. Arriving via EMPIRE, Charlie Eastern hits stores November 18th.
Watch “Foreplay”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Xct9tjHtY
Jalen Santoy Background
Jalen Santoy Gathers (born August 24, 1993), known as Jalen Santoy, is a rapper, singer, and songwriter from Charlotte, NC. Originally from Charleston, SC, the enriching culture is heavily present in his music. Recording music since the age of 15, Santoy released his first record in 2014 knowing the time was right. His first song to the public, “God,” caught the attention of many bloggers and rappers alike, eventually securing Rapper Big Pooh for the “God” remix, released in December 2014. With Rapper Big Pooh’s presence, “God” gained significant attention and Santoy received widespread recognition. Following his success, Santoy collaborated again with Rapper Big Pooh on “Kings” from the Words Paint Pictures EP which led him to features in XXL, The Source, 2DopeBoyz, and Okayplayer as one of the top artists to watch. In March 2015, Santoy released his single “Foreplay”, which has earned 1.74 million plays on SoundCloud and has gained the support from Respect Mag, DJ Booth, Ashley Outrageous, ThisIs50, Boi-Ida and other various accounts. After the release of “Foreplay”, Santoy dropped his second single, “Off The Glass” in February 2016. The single was produced by Grammy nominated hip-hop producer Daniel Worthy, and the first from his work with the upcoming project, Charlie Eastern.
EMPIRE was founded in 2010 as an artist-friendly, progressive digital distribution company. After early success, and identifying future icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Sage The Gemini, and Rich Homie Quan, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and throughout the past five years evolved into a full-fledged record label, distributor and publisher for independent musicians. With the company and roster growing at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels. Given its reputation, EMPIRE works with today’s hottest talent from superstars such as T.I. and red-hot newcomers such as Anderson .Paak. While remaining 100% independent, EMPIRE has also partnered with Atlantic Records for a joint venture, home to breakout star D.R.A.M. and joined forces with Republic Records for the release of Sage The Gemini’s Remember Me album.
“God” Remix ft. Rapper Big Pooh: https://soundcloud.com/jalensantoy/god-remix-feat-gliss-and-rapper-big-pooh-prod-by-the-nukez