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$wank

The up and coming rapper from Littleton, NC, $wank, has been on the radar of many for some time now. Bringing the listener a mixture of storytelling, swanky experiences and conscious hip-hop, it is hard not to pay attention to him. He is not new to music, as it has been a priority of his since the age of 13, after the passing of his father. Between then and now, the rapper has been gaining exposure by performing in a series of cyphers during his time at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and at shows such as Spirit Festival, Beats N Bars Festival, and Rhymer’s Resurgence. This extensive resume is completed with three solo projects, XXI Years, In Due Time and, his most recent endeavor, He Is I.

As of right now, he is determining which route he would like to take sonically and content wise on a new project. He has personally expressed he doesn’t even know what to expect in this new adventure aside from more storytelling that touches on experiences from the last two years of his life. Hopefully, he will be able to leave his mark on Jon B’s “They Don’t Know”, a sample he has been itching to get his hands on.

$wank utilizes a number of samples and familiar instrumentals to add another level to his storytelling and conscious content. For instance, the rapper has taken the instrumentals of “This Can’t Be Life” by Jay-Z and “Stay” by J Cole and effortlessly made them his own. He is not only showing why he wants to work with both mainstream artists but also why he should.

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While he has managed to body beats handled by mainstream rhymers, his music has a tendency to echo Kendrick Lamar. This comparison doesn’t phase $wank, as he views his distinction from other rappers beginning with the difference in perspective and events that vary uniquely from person to person.  He’s confident in who he is what he brings to the table which can take him far and in other avenues besides music – particularly in the black community.

$wank has addressed the illegitimate shooting of blacks by law enforcement numerous times in his music. He believes there is a need for more uplifting in the black community, and he is willing to work outside music for the advancement of African Americans. Only time will tell what he is able to accomplish. In the meantime, he will continue to grow as a wordsmith and artist, making music that people love and can relate to.

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