Emerging artist J. Keys is dedicated to providing Hip-Hop lovers with the genre's true essence through his clever lyrics, witty wordplay and dynamic storytelling.
We introduce J. Keys to you with the first leak off his upcoming mixtape The Dead Horse entitled "I Like It (Keys to the City)" featuring R&B/Pop singer Adeline via Anonymous Records. Keys has a good time rhyming over Grand Puba's classic, while Adeline's vocals on the hook complete the song.
Stream/Download: J. Keys "I Like It (Keys to the City) feat. Adeline
Alternative Link @ UserShare.net
Always looking to strike the right tone in his music, Mid-West emcee J. Keys approaches every rhyme and song much like an author approaches a story, by outlining his message and conceptualizing music around his thoughts.
This emcee’s music transcends the poppy sounds that drive today’s hip hop. Keys’ hip hop is driven by clever rhyme schemes fusing life’s realities with humor and satire to make the significance of his music stand out.
“Musically I do what feels right to me in the moment. I do not believe in boundaries or conceding completely to other people’s expectations and don’t necessarily do what’s popular. Sometimes I go with the grain; a lot of the time I go against it. I feel like this makes me shine,” says Keys.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Keys discovered his love for music at a very early age. Naturally he was influenced by the melodies of Motown recording artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Anita Baker. Growing up on the outskirts of Detroit, he was introduced to the lyrics of Gangstarr, Tupac, Nas, Outkast, Common, and countless other emcees that evidently fostered the sounds we hear from him today.
Keys’ debut EP, Something to Live For, was a powerful album packed with tight production and provoking lyrics on independent label, Anonymous Records. Along with his most recently released heater, The Dead Horse Mixtape, he has released the digital single “The One Two” on iTunes.
Coming soon from Keys are The Dead Horse Vol. 2: Vodka + Vegetables as well as his as-of-yet untitled second studio album that is sure to mark his arrival on hip hop’s larger stage.
In the current music climate, it seems everyone has a cliché definition for what is to be considered “real” hip hop. If hip hop is defined by giving hope to the hopeless and a voice to the voiceless, then without a doubt J. Keys is real hip hop.
J. Keys’ music is a direct reflection of the experiences that all hip hop lovers share, both good and bad. Listeners can enjoy the raw emotion that he pours into every lyric. His ultimate goal is to create a musical legacy that will last beyond his lifetime.