You simply can’t call Kyle a West Coast Rapper. However, you’d appreciate the amount of growth the west side has endured in music since the 90’s. Light of Mine is the debut album from the Ventura, California native since signing to Atlantic Records. With both of his mixtapes (Beautiful Loser & Smyle) hitting the Billboard Hot 100 chart, there’s a bar set for this debut. iSpy, featuring bubblegum trap star Lil’ Yachty, has gone platinum since it’s December 2016 release. Follow up single, Playwitme including a feature from Kehlani, was released in March of this year and has already started showing a decent performance. Plenty of Hip Hop fans claim the new class of talent has been in an abatement. Perhaps Light of Mine can say other wise and prove critics wrong.
Hip Hop is a place where the topics are a grind and the output is often aggressive. Light of Mine is a mason jar filled with fresh air and hip hop positive vibes. By listening, there’s an understanding Kyle wanted to have fun on this album. The hilarity in the conversations between him and his conscious (played by Lil’ Yachty). Kyle was coming from a dark place and wasn’t going to let adversity get the best of him.
There’s a trilingual rising star in Sophia Black on the chorus, 2 chainz for the feature verse, and Kyle telling listeners of his path to where he is currently. That track is “Ikuyo”, the 4th single for Light of Mine, probably the most impressive song on the album. Released a few days ago on the 10th, most are surprised to see Kyle getting 2 Chainz on a record and it won’t let them down. Catchy bumping summer BBQ track for sure and we appreciate Super Duper Kyle, Sophia, and 2 Chainz in this effort.
“Ikuyo, I think we got one (got it)”
A funky hip tune featuring the ultra-talented Khalid, “iMissMe” explains the potential in losing yourself amid dating someone. Something relatable for most people who’ve been in serious relationships. This song speaks volumes and creates a soundtrack to finding yourself. Produced by Ayo Ayo and Australia’s M-Phazes who was behind the boards for artists such as Eminem and Logic. This sound is fitting to Kyle’s style in pop music.
“Yeah, but everybody needs somebody sometime and a little me time in the meantime”
An enjoyable flow from start to end, Kyle answered with a fantastic album in “Light of Mine”. It isn’t a typical album with a couple hit singles and an abundance of fillers. Each track has its own story and sets a good mood to follow. He invites us into his emotions while keeping a positive tone throughout. It’s like finding the silver lining in hard times. Lil Yachty (his conscious) informs the listeners, along with Kyle, don’t focus on the negative, there’s good that has come from all these lemons life can hand us.
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A powerful debut album to say the least and this may be the foundation for more great music to come.
The albums full track listing is as follows…
1. Ups & Downs
2. Coming, Going? f. Take 6
4. Ikuyo f. 2 Chainz & Sophia Black
6. Babies f. Alessia Cara
7. OpenDoors f. Avery Wilson
8. To The Moon
9. Playinwitme f. Kehlani
10. iMissMe f. Khalid
13. It’s Yours
15. iSpy f. Lil Yachty