Hip Hop artist, Five Steez, and producer, Mordecai, have finally returned since their 2016 EP, HeatRockz, to deliver a new song – True Original– from the upcoming album, Love N Art, scheduled for a 2019 release.
With the new single, Five Steez shares his reality of balancing life and music while pursuing his destiny. Backed by rugged drums and trance-like music laced with female vocals, Five Steez relays his journey of being broke to being underpaid in the working world while fulfilling musical ambitions in spite of industry challenges faced as an independent artist.
“I need management handling my bookings and appearances, getting sample clearances,” raps Five Steez. “So I can be a lyricist, instead I’m running businesses.”
True Original also boasts the hungry wordsmith staking his claim. “A lot of frauds in the game, now it’s my time / they get lost in the fame, there’s a fine line / between the mirage in your brain and your right mind / pause what you saying, check my fly rhymes.”
Five Steez goes on with ease, rhyming circles around any supposed competition, clearly demonstrating he is in a lane and league of his own.
“This song is the opening salvo, but it is far from the typical single,” says Five Steez. “Minus where I let the beat breathe, I went in for 60 bars, without a chorus, bringing people into my current mindset.”
More singles will follow from Love N Art, which is the second body of work from Five Steez and Mordecai. Steez describes it as his most honest and personal project thus far. “It is also soulful and full of jazz,” he says. “The content and the sound is not really new for me, but, on this album, we zoned in on a specific vibe we knew people would relate to and be moved by.”
Since 2010, Five Steez has released a variety of mixtapes, albums and EPs, including the three-volume Momentum mixtape series with DJ Ready Cee, 2012’s War for Peace, 2014’s These Kingston Times and 2016’s HeatRockz. In 2017, he featured heavily on the album Nothing Else Matters as part of the four-member Kingston and New York-based collective, The Council, which also comprises Nomad Carlos, The Sickest Drama and Inztinkz.