Rhode Island Rapper Khary Takes the Helm, Announces Captain, Releasing in Spring 2018
The New York-Based Rapper Levels Up in the Frenetic Video for “Captain,” Premiered by Billboard
Critical Praise for Artist Name:
“Khary continues to grow both as an artist and a human being, a duality that comes across in his music and makes him an engaging underground figure.” – EARMILK
“An undiscovered gem. That’s what Rhode Island emcee Khary is.” – Ashley Outrageous
“A project that’s equal parts relatable, enjoyable, and impressive.” – Pigeons & Planes
With a quirky charisma and an intelligent, aggressive rhyming style, Rhode Island native Khary defies easy categorization. Specializing in well-crafted, head-nodding, relatable rap cuts, Khary straddles the line between mainstream and underground sonics on Captain, his upcoming album. Soaked in immersive, bass-heavy sonics courtesy of producers like Dilip, Calev, Tedd Boyd, and others, Captain is a confident and focused new project, emphasizing the necessity of self-knowledge and self-mastery for success in music or any other artistic pursuit. More self-assured and technically proficient than Khary’s previous projects, Captain, coming in Spring 2018, is packed with inventive flows and memorable punchlines, all organized into a useful and inspiring message.
Explains Khary, “Captain represents mastery of self; mentally, physically, and spiritually. As humans, we reach for that mastery on a daily basis. When you ask most people what they want out of life, they say happiness, and I believe you have to be the Captain of yourself to achieve this. Along the journey, we encounter different things (people, substances, etc.) that make us feel like we’ve achieved this state that turn out to be false and detrimental to our well being. This project is the story of how that concept relates to my life as a 20-something male living in New York. When I moved to NYC five years ago, I was a much more reserved person. I challenged myself to adapt to my surroundings and somewhere along the way I became temporarily lost in this person that was only a fraction of myself. But I had also outgrown the reserved version of me. I started to reflect on the past five years of my life, so I could start moving towards the person I want to be. This project is that reflection.”
To accompany the announcement of his upcoming album, Khary shares the music video for “Captain,” the project’s title track. Shot with a handheld camera, the frenetic video for “Captain” finds Khary wildin’ out in a warehouse, shaking his dreads and throwing money in the air. Directed by Kousteau, the grainy, low-saturated video rarely cuts away from the rapper, often casting him in extreme close-up, showcasing Khary’s energetic charisma. Premiered by Billboard, the stuttering “Captain” provides a revealing snapshot of the upcoming album, as Khary flexes his staccato flow over subsonic bass, sputtering hi-hats, and mournful winds: “I’m the mother-fucking captain/I be snappin like a Bitch/I want pennies for my thoughts until I’m motherfucking rich.”
Khary explains the concept behind the new single: “The song is the title track and is meant to serve as an intro to the Captain, this overly confident, ego-driven side of myself. I wanted the song to immediately distance you from my Intern Aquarium project, on which you hear this reserved kid who moved to NY to chase his dreams.I wanted to start the album off without any context to the theme sort of like the first scene in the Matrix where Trinity is fighting police officers. The beat samples Brian Bennett, who Kanye sampled on the G.O.O.D. Friday track, ‘Lord, Lord, Lord.'”
Cutting his teeth at open-mics in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, Khary found his voice as an artist when he started interning at various music and media companies in NYC. In 2016, Khary dropped Intern Aquarium, his debut project, which focused on his hustle and his nascent artistic being, finding viral success with “Find Me,” which recently placed on the soundtrack of NBA 2K18. Earlier this year, Khary released Tidal Graves, an EP created in collaboration with Lege Kale. With over 16 million plays on all platforms, Khary is an artist on the rise growing a considerable fanbase and performing withthe likes of Tory Lanez, Kyle, Mura Masa, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, Waka Flocka, and comedian Jermaine Fowler.
Watch “Captain”: https://youtu.be/o9ta9qJYZnA
Buy/Stream “Captain”: http://smarturl.it/kcptn
Check out the Billboard premiere: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8070302/khary-captain-video
Teetering on the line of quirky and cool, Khary a Rhode Island native spent his teen years at open mics and sneaking into clubs to perform. After relocating to New York, he gradually made the transition from an intern to a full on artist. Khary details this journey on his 2016 project, Intern Aquarium, which he followed up with an EP titled, Tidal Graves. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tory Lanez, Kyle, Mura Masa, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9”, Waka Flocka, and comedian Jermaine Fowler. Currently, Khary is wrapping an album which is due out in early 2018.
Tidal Graves EP: https://open.spotify.com/album/1PVHzRPDtI9F43xl2zEiQ1
“Find Me”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnoNnJPaLes
Intern Aquarium: https://soundcloud.com/sorrykhary/sets/intern-aquarium