Under The Radar: Black Lion – “Miles Away”
You know, one of the main reasons why I started this blog was so that I could feature lesser known hip hop artists. I wanted to help these passionate artists feel more appreciated. With the onslaught of mainstream hip hop releases this year, it’s been a bit difficult to remain true to that goal. Black Lion have recently given me reason to revisit that path, and it’s name is “Miles Away”.
Black Lion is a hip hop group from Toronto, led by brothers Rich and Heny. The two of them have been putting out music together over 6 years, and clearly have great chemistry together. Rich is the main producer of Black Lion, and Heny is one of the main emcees.
“Miles Away” also features Janel Sherise singing the hook, which is wonderful. Her voice is great, especially the layered sections. The chorus is very soothing and relaxing, even with the beat being fairly busy. I thought that both of the verses were strong lyrically. I don’t actually know which artist is on the first or second verse, but I really liked the energy of the second guy. The vocal inflections were a nice touch to add some spice to certain rhyme schemes.
Listen to “Miles Away” featuring Janel Sherise below, or on Black Lion’s Soundcloud page. If you like what you hear, you can always check out their new project, Free Association on Soundcloud and Spotify. Support Black Lion by downloading from iTunes or Amazon.
Are you digging this joint as much as I am? Drop a comment below and let me know what you think.