Project: Dro Kenji – WISH YOU WERE HERE
The South Carolina Riser Fights His Way Through Vicious Cycles of Grief and Heartbreak On His First Full-Length Project of 2023
“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
Amplifying his pain with strikingly emotive melodies, Dro Kenji knows that heartbreak can be just as addictive as the substances used to cope with it. Opening up old wounds with reckless abandon, Kenji shares his new full-length project, WISH YOU WERE HERE. A journey into Kenji’s lovelorn grief featuring crisp, immersive production from Internet Money heavy-hitters including Taz Taylor, Nick Mira, Census, Cxdy, and more, WISH YOU WERE HERE is available everywhere via Internet Money Records/10k Projects.
Home to recent video singles like “OVER & OVER” and “ARSONIST,” WISH YOU WERE HERE plays out like a series of memories, regrets, and half-hearted resolutions running through a troubled mind on a sleepless night. Kicking off the spiral with the dizzying atmosphere of the intro track, “THROW UP,” the 21-year-old rapper’s eighth full-length project quickly pivots into “PAMPER PAMPER,” produced by Pro Era sound architect Powers Pleasant and featuring Mike Dimes, the project’s sole guest, which shows how he can still find ways to run from his troubles. As the project progresses, Kenji begins to put the past behind him over smooth wailing synths on project highlight, “ANNIHILATION,” and though he soon discovers it’s not that simple, he finds closure in realizing his pain is as valid as it is inescapable, and he’s only as real as his ability to feel it.
WISH YOU WERE HERE arrives as Kenji’s first project of the year following a very busy 2022, which saw the South Carolina native refine and sharpen his craft with three full length releases, including last January’s WITH OR WITHOUT YOU and last summer’s LOST IN HERE EP, and ANYWHERE BUT HERE, a 13-track project featuring the buzzing Mike Dimes-featured track “STEP BACK,” with guest appearances from fellow rising stars like Midwxst, Ka$hdami, and NoCap.
Dro Kenji is co-headlining the “DO NO DISTURB Tour” with Mike Dimes this fall, with support from Metro Marrs and Sid Shyne. Visit Dro Kenji’s official website for tour dates and to buy tickets.
Sit back and stay tuned as Dro Kenji continues his ascent to the highest echelons of the rap game.
Stream WISH YOU WERE HERE: https://DroKenji.lnk.to/WYWH
WISH YOU WERE HERE Tracklist:
- THROW UP
- PAMPER PAMPER ft. Mike Dimes
- OVER & OVER
- WHITE OUT
- PSYCH OUT
- TUG OF WAR
- ATTACHMENT PROBLEMS
- PICKING BATTLES
Photo Credit: Liam Walsh
Dro Kenji’s rise is a testament to the power of the internet. Last year, the 19-year-old artist was a senior in high school in South Carolina, releasing a string of captivating singles and mixtapes on his SoundCloud. Now, he’s preparing to release his debut album on Mira Touch/ Internet Money Records/ 10K Projects, collaborating closely with the label’s team of platinum-certified producers, and hoping to earn some plaques of his own. A true child of the digital age, raised on video games and the lo-fi sounds of rap’s online underground, he has a remarkable ability to capture both the apathy and aspiration of his generation in his songs and a spellbinding voice with which to tell these stories.
View his full bio at audibletreats.com/dro-kenji
WISH YOU WERE HERE: https://DroKenji.lnk.to/WYWH
“Over & Over”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdjDlur_Ez0
“YOU DON’T LOVE ME”: https://soundcloud.com/drokenji/drokenji-you-dont-love-me
“HOW U FEEL?”: https://youtu.be/nHr4YXrdZA8
“OH WOW”: https://youtu.be/bhiOb59mwgU
“KILL EM FOR ME” ft. Ka$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
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