News & MP3: Symba To Release Two More Words on 9/4 and Leaks Single featuring IAMSU!
Symba’s Album Features Iamsu!, Young Gully, and more / 2DopeBoyz Premieres First Single “How You Rockin'”
Symba was born in The Bay Area but ironically, one of his biggest strengths is the fact that he doesn’t sound like he’s from there. Armed with a fiery collection of songs with a universal sound that balance club-ready hooks with deft, incisive narratives, Symba comes out swinging on his second commercial release, 2 More Words. Featuring Iamsu!, Young Gully, YMTK, and more, the 13 song project is slated for release on September 4th, 2015. 2DopeBoyz premiered the lead single, “How You Rockin” featuring Iamsu!
Premiered by 2DopeBoyz, the first single “How You Rockin” is mob music at its finest. Mixing elements of nü-hyphy drums, a haunting concert chime loop, and mob-music bass line, the song is equal parts club-ready and street anthem. Explains Symba, “I rarely make street anthems or club tracks, so I wanted to make one with this track and with Su being the creator of our hometown it was only right that I get him on this song with me.”
Symba’s forthcoming II More Words is his first project since 2013 EP, Young Nate Nino, which channels Wesley Snipes in the film New Jack City. “Not following your usual Bay Area formula, Symba attacks the microphone with more aggressive tracks instead of the party or club lane” ONSMASH explained in their coverage of the EP. It also serves as the successor to his 2012 album II Words, which served as the rapper’s official introduction to the industry. Earmilk, who published an editorial introducing the rapper using his II Words visual “Winning Pt. 2” wrote, “while the visuals Aquavis Warfield has constructed for Symba’s “Winning Pt. 2″ are compelling, the Berkeley-born rapper has the lyrical aptitude to carry a listener well through the song, even on to the next.” Symba has also released several videos along the way, which have garnered him additional coverage on WorldStarHipHop and The Examiner. 2 More Words is coming soon.
Listen to “How You Rockin”: https://soundcloud.com/therealsymba/how-you-rockin-ft-iamsu
Check out the 2DB premiere: http://2dopeboyz.com/2015/08/18/premiere-symba-how-you-rockin-iamsu/
When he was 18 years old, Bay Area rapper Symba had the world in his back pocket. Not only was he a promising basketball player but he also was well on his way to a promising music career. He lived with his parents in a comfortable suburb in an impressive house with six cars in the garage. Everything, it seemed, was going his way. Then, the bottom caved in. One day, the police yanked him from class, telling him his father made bad investments with his clients’ money. Symba and his family went from having money to burn to losing everything and getting by day-by-day. “It humbled me,” he says. “Life hit me hard, and I had to learn backwards — I had to learn things people usually learn at the beginning of their life. But I was spoiled and I had everything. I didn’t care about people’s emotions, people’s feelings. It made me understand that everything that comes with money — it really ain’t shit.”
Symba poured all of that learning into 2 More Words, a fiery collection of songs that balances club-ready hooks with deft, incisive narratives. He flips styles constantly, going from grinding, insistent rapping to lithe melodic singing. On “In Too Deep,” he begins by pouncing on the beat before gliding into a gorgeous, minor-key chorus. This is Symba’s M.O.: balancing, tough, punching verses with gliding, hook-laden choruses. Above all, it is designed to inspire people going through similar struggles not to give up hope and not to abandon their dreams. “What I want people to realize is that they should never let someone tell them they can’t do something,” he says. “Never put yourself down because of your current state of life. Never let your future go. In the life we live today, it’s damn near impossible to believe in yourself. But no matter what’s hitting you in life, never lose sight of the bigger picture. Because that’s what you’re living for at the end of the day.” That’s the message that turns up on 2 More Words time and again: that no struggle is too great to fight through, and that belief and determination can triumph over any odds. 2 More Words comes out on September 4th, 2015.
“How You Rockin”: https://soundcloud.com/therealsymba
“Classic Man” Freestyle: https://soundcloud.com/therealsymba/classic-man-freestyle
“R.I.C.O.” Freestyle: https://soundcloud.com/therealsymba/rico-freestyle