By Margaret Adams
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Baltimore, Maryland native and San Pedro, California-based artist Kenny Golder Jr. has released his new rap album: Suburban Boi Next Door. The album includes many features from other rap and R&B artists, including Amontá Jones, Mads Marc, Yuhng Haze, Ado, Peyton Watts, Jugg Team Kari, and Boat.
Suburban Boi Next Door is an inventive project, illustrating a modern picture of life and the struggles that each day encapsulates. The music pulls recognizable references from almost every era of music. From early 1990s rap to modern 2000’s R&B to jazz influences with “Save Your Soul,” this album has a song for any fan of music.
The album’s opener, “May 14th,” provides a chill and laid-back feeling, lyrical rhythm reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar, with accompanying piano and synth sounds. “Morning Lights” is a fan-favorite; encapsulating similar energy as “Wild Thoughts” by Rihanna and DJ Khaled, this song has a fun, invigorating beat that could be added to any party playlist.
Maybe just for the night, we can be everything
Until the morning lights
“Long Nights II” is a notable song, as it deviates from the rest of the album. The slow and somber beginning adds depth to the upbeat energy the album produces.
Golder’s DMV background has had a clear impact on his approach to music. Besides the art for his first album Freshman Campaign, which includes an animated portrayal of the Washington Monument, he continues to honor the area through his production company Lil Lupus Productions, which he founded with Amontá Jones, Yuhng Haze, Z. Lew, and Peyton Watts.
Suburban Boi Next Door is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and Amazon Music. Follow our Alchemical Weekly Spotify Playlist for this and more great music featured on the site.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.
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