Rapper Burny Kev Talks New Mixtape, Unleashes the 'Chocolate Headed Baby'

Burny Kev is an up-and-coming hip hop artist from the Worcester, Massachusetts. He's spent the last 5 years on the grind, perfecting his sound and style. "I believe in these 5 years, I’ve grown from someone who raps to bonafide star waiting to be heard by the masses," he said. He dropped a new mixtape entitled, "Chocolate Headed Baby", and it's a hodgepodge of urban sounds. He's got a smooth, mellow flow and a strong handle lyrically.

"For a long time, I’ve been hearing 'you got potential' but now I finally feel like I’ve realized my potential, he explained, "and I feel like I have what it takes to make it in the game."

Speaking of “Chocolate Headed Baby” Burny Kev says, "you gon hear everything I’ve been working on everyday for the last 5 years come to light." And there's definitely a lot to unpack on the 10-track project -- flows, to the different vibes, to the uptempo to mellow beats--you hear it all. He's a versatile artist, and his lyrics paint a picture into his real life; not some made up version of who he wants to be. There's a poetic note to his word choice. That coupled with the heartfelt feelings he shares with listeners make this project special.

"I can't do no wrong, my feelings is so strong, my mind is gone. From until dawn..."

Each track on the project is a different vibe; Songs I think are playlist worthy include Best Tape Next Tape where he spits a mix of hard hitting bars juxtaposed with a kick of his falsetto. It's like James Brown meets J. Cole. Another standout is Since 96, where he goes in hard rapping, "but my nig, I been talkin sh*t since 1996. What it is. I been throwin' fists.. just a lil baby. Chocolate headed n*gga, yeah he going through his phases. We Luke Cage on occasion..."

He described another one of my favorites, Smooth Operator as "a late night car drive" type of vibe. Its chill and mellow with full-frontal view of his skills as an emcee. The subdued beat leaves room to hear any weaknesses he has as a rapper, but I found none in his delivery. He hits its strong and meets the mark. On EZ ft. Sare, Kev draws from his African side as he mixes mumble rap with afrobeats.

The mixtape is a valiant effort. It covers a lot of ground, shows Burny Kev's versatility, and opens a door into his life and personality. You should definitely give it a stream.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

J. Cole, Drake, Wale, and Kanye.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is one of a kind a little of everything mixed in one only I can do it lol

What do you seek to gain from putting this project out there, and why did it take you 5 years?

My main purpose was to tell my story put positive energy in the world, get people to vibe and come along with me and my journey. To show folks there are actually relatable rappers out there who don’t brag about stuff they don’t actually have. In the 5 years I’ve been rapping I’ve been trying to grow as an artist and as a person. Everyone who listens to me since day one continues to tell me how I’ve grown as artist from my 1st tape to my current one (4th). I’ve been working real hard on my craft and i still am I just believe it’s time for people to start really hearing Burny Kev and his music.

What inspires you lyrically?

What inspires me lyrically can be literally anything. Whenever I hear a beat and I start writing whatever my mind wants to subconsciously say out loud that I wouldn’t normally say to people just comes out and flows. Love that part about the writing process real therapy when you want to express your feelings about something that you’ve been holding in but can’t but when that beat drops all of that comes out naturally.

Where do you get your beats from?

As for beats...I get them from YouTube I have some friends that produce and we working on stuff now. Also a lot of people who show love to my music send me stuff so the answer varies.



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