A lot of the hyped sounds of the moment in hip-hop have moved away from the soulful feeling of years past. Artists like Mos Def, The Roots, and Common had an organic soulfulness about them that added weight to their words, their music, and their presence. If you feel like that’s been lacking, check out Chicago’s Jayaire Woods.
His new video for “Toolong.” off the trees42morrow project captures that spirit perfectly, and the soul sample and melodic rapping drives it home. It’s honest, emotional, and totally free of words like “lit” and “turn up.”
Check out the “Toolong.” video above, and hear more of Jayaire Woods’ music here.