Video: Dro Kenji – “SHALLOW“
The 20 Year Old Riser Navigates the Dark Corridors of His Mind in New Video from ANYWHERE BUT HERE
“His future is bright” – XXL
“South Carolina rock-infused rapper Dro Kenji has been on a tear since last August when he received a call from the Internet Money team. Releasing project after project, Kenji has been showcasing his impressive vocals and emotion-filled lyrics. With his newest project, “F*CK YOUR FEELINGS”, we see Kenji’s most confident and cohesive work.” – Earmilk
“Once he selects a beat, the melodies and lyrics flood over him like an epiphany. The result is raw and heart-sinking music, meant to be a guiding light to fans.” – Audiomack
With ever-improving vocal chops, Dro Kenji is guided by an otherworldly vision for the atmosphere his music creates. Embarking on another voyage into that cerebral realm, the South Carolinian shares “SHALLOW,” the latest visual thriller from his recent project ANYWHERE BUT HERE. Underlined by the ethereal urgency where piano and percussion intersect, “SHALLOW” presents Kenji as he struggles to reconcile that a glass half-empty is still enough to drown in: “I get high to calm the storm/Lie to me like I ain’t live it/Tell me what you cry for/How the f*ck is this the limit?”
Shot by frequent collaborator Declan Kyle, a key architect of the Dro Kenji cinematic universe in his own right, “SHALLOW” takes a dive into the darker recesses of Kenji’s psyche. As he trudges through the paint-peeled corridors of stonewall structures, glimmers of daylight cut through the darkness as clear openings to the outside world reveal themselves. Yet, Kenji remains in this eerie edifice as though he’s bound himself to its gloom.
Home to the buzzing Mike Dimes-featured track “STEP BACK,” currently charting in Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50, and featuring appearances from fellow rising stars like Midwxst, Ka$hdami, and NoCap, the 13-track ANYWHERE BUT HERE captures the breadth of Kenji’s ever-improving artistry. On “SO WHAT” ft. DC The Don, Kenji injects his melodies with monstrous energy, while “CIGAR” captures a fatigued ferocity as Kenji howls his heartache at the moon. When presented with cinematic instrumentals from Internet Money producers like Census and his MiraTouch label head Nick Mira, Kenji rises to the occasion, belting lovelorn relationship tales and diabolical flexes through his full-bodied tenor.
Just 20-years-old, Dro Kenji is racking up over 3 million streams per week on his sizable discography. Determined to hustle his way to new heights, the young rapper is improving with every release–ANYWHERE BUT HERE arrives as Kenji’s third of 2022, following WITH OR WITHOUT YOU and the recent LOST IN HERE EP, which arrived on DSPs earlier this month. The South Carolina native is following up a breakout 2021, during which he released two albums and the hit single “KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT (21+ million Spotify streams). He was a standout performer at this year’s SXSW, performing at multiple showcases including Rolling Loud x RapTV‘s extravaganza at Stubb’s, and catching up with Variance Magazine.
Sit back and stay tuned as Dro Kenji continues his ascent to the highest echelons of the rap game.
Watch “SHALLOW”: https://youtu.be/qoxGFTJ_97U
Buy/Stream ANYWHERE BUT HERE: http://drokenji.lnk.to/ABH
ANYWHERE BUT HERE Tracklist:
- OH WOW
- THEY DON’T KNOW
- SO WHAT ft. DC The Don
- STEP BACK ft. Mike Dimes
- FEELS LIKE A DREAM
- MONSTER ft. NoCap
- HOW YOU FEEL
- KILL EM FOR ME ft. Ka$hdami
- ALONE ft. Midwxst
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Dro Kenji’s rise is a testament to the power of the internet. Last year, the 19-year-old artist was a senior in high school in South Carolina, releasing a string of captivating singles and mixtapes on his SoundCloud. Now, he’s preparing to release his debut album on Mira Touch/ Internet Money Records/ 10K Projects, collaborating closely with the label’s team of platinum-certified producers, and hoping to earn some plaques of his own. A true child of the digital age, raised on video games and the lo-fi sounds of rap’s online underground, he has a remarkable ability to capture both the apathy and aspiration of his generation in his songs and a spellbinding voice with which to tell these stories.
View his full bio at audibletreats.com/dro-kenji
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“KILL EM FOR ME” ft. Ka$hdami: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyzkTl8wrwc
ANYWHERE BUT HERE: http://drokenji.lnk.to/ABH
“STEP BACK” ft. Mike Dimes: https://youtu.be/pEih6ZpBcKo
“SO WHAT” ft. DC The Don: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGB0nbCVyCY
LOST IN HERE EP: https://soundcloud.com/
“THEY DON’T KNOW”: https://youtu.be/srwjFEK-O_0
“FINDERS KEEPERS” ft. Internet Money & Scorey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ3aMQGPE4k / https://drokenji.lnk.to/FINDERSKEEPERS
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: https://DroKenji.lnk.to/WITHORWITHOUTYOU
“I’M RICH NOW B**CH”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLBJEkiRci8
“KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT: https://youtu.be/mm2CcEC895U
F*CK YOUR FEELINGS: https://DroKenji.lnk.to/fyf