Video: Dro Kenji – “PUSH2START”
The Internet Money & MiraTouch Rising Star Continues to Build His Cinematic Universe in New Video
“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 his vulnerable verses, moving melodies, and artistic vision, Dro Kenji has established himself as an all-around creative powerhouse in his young career. He possesses a sense of visual savvy that elevates his stellar sound to new heights, allowing fans to immerse themselves in Kenji’s world and feel even more connected to the empathic powerhouse. Today, Dro Kenji returns to expand his cinematic universe with “PUSH2START,” the high-octane opening track from his recent debut album, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.
The Declan Kyle-directed video for “PUSH2START” adds a new layer of complexity to the ethereal adventures of Dro Kenji’s dream world, as seen in recent videos like “FINDERS KEEPERS,” “USED2KNOW,” and “VANISH.” Unlike its predecessors, “PUSH2START” is set in the real world— New York City to be exact. However, much like Dro Kenji fights to keep painful memories at bay throughout the album, the kaleidoscopic realm of his imagination becomes just as invasive as it creeps into the streets and rooftops of NYC. As he struggles to determine fantasy from reality, the dream world that has been his refuge comes to haunt him like a waking nightmare. Yet, by the video’s end, the two worlds reconcile, seemingly merging into one. As a fired-up Kenji closes out the track, it’s clear that this is far more than a dream. It’s Kenji’s world, and we’re all living in it.
Released in January, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU arrived after a banner year for the young artist, which saw him embark on his first headlining national tour, wrapping up with a performance at Rolling Loud California. 2021 also saw Kenji release two new mixtapes, including EAT YOUR HEART OUT, this past spring, featuring “KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT (13+ million Spotify streams), which received an animated video, and the early summer’s F*CK YOUR FEELINGS, which saw the rapper flex and reflect over 16 tracks of expansive Internet Money production, and features highlights like “SUPERSTAR” and “TRANCE.”
Never one to rest on his laurels, Dro Kenji is only just starting his rise. Stay tuned for much more from the prolific artist as he continues his ascent to the highest echelons of the rap game.
Watch “PUSH2START”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cts3CjhLQS4
Buy/Stream WITH OR WITHOUT YOU: https://DroKenji.lnk.to/WITHORWITHOUTYOU
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU tracklist:
- BOTTLE 4 BOTTLE
- NEED YOU RIGHT NOW ft. HIGHWAY
- FINDERS KEEPERS ft. Scorey & Internet Money
- PRISON IN MY HEAD
- SEE MY REASON
- MOVING ON
- OUR TOXINS
- NOT THE HALF OF IT
- MORE THAN EVER
Photo credit: Daniel Prakopcyk
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
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