News and Video: KYLE to Release Sophomore Album SMYLE on October 2nd
King Wavy aka Super Duper KYLE Also Premieres Colorful, Loud “Really? Yeah!” video on Complex
Critical Praise for KYLE:
“Known for upbeat lyrics and a general air of positivity” – Ebony.com
“Today one of the rising stars of rap taking the keys is KYLE” – HuffPo
“Kyle is a man of many talents. [He] has no problem genre-hopping from hip-hop to R&B to dance to pop, blending elements of each into his records.” – VIBE
“By the end of the evening I was completely convinced that this kid was undoubtedly working his way towards a top spot in the music world.” – AfroPunk
“KYLE, you crazy for this one.” – Complex
KYLE, the Ventura, California-based rapper who independently sold 13k copies of his debut album, Beautiful Loser in 2013, has announced via HipHopDX that he will release his sophomore album SMYLE on October 2nd. The 11-track album will be offered as a deluxe version with two extra tracks. The single “Really? Yeah!” can be downloaded as an instant grat track with pre-orders. Super Duper Kyle as he’s sometimes known, or King Wavy, another nickname of his, is also releasing the video for “Really? Yeah!” premiered by Complex.
The 22 year-old has garnered a reputation as a charismatic, uplifting, and original artist and he continues to raise the bar with SMYLE. “Says KYLE, “The album is about loving yourself, to serve as a reminder that you do have control over your emotions and that smiling can get you through rough patches in life.” KYLE wasn’t the most popular kid and didn’t get everything handed to him, but he wouldn’t trade these difficult experiences for anything. Explains KYLE, “When I was 16, still awkward, and getting relentlessly teased about my snaggletooth, the anchor of my family, my grandfather, suddenly passed away. There were eight of us living with my grandparents and I watched everyone start to unravel in a bad, bad way where some members started to have substance abuse problems, others developed mental illness, and it became the darkest moment I had ever experienced. I decided to become a light and make everyone around me smile and laugh through the tears and it worked – it saved my life and my sanity. I knew from then on that I wanted to do the same for others through my art, my music”
Premiered via Complex, KYLE’s “Really? Yeah!” video is a kaleidoscope of colors that perfectly captures his positive attitude. “It’s loud, exciting, and serves as the coming out of the SuperDuper crew, a collective of photographers, rappers, videographers, and artist-types. We all live by the same principle – you can do anything you want, be anything you want. We try to act like superheroes in that way. We not afraid to truly be ourselves,” explains KYLE.
While KYLE has been rapping since high school, he started attracting attention two years ago with his debut album Beautiful Loser through the label Indie-pop. The video for “Keep It Real” got nearly 700,000 YouTube hits in its first week, while the mixtape, whose songs generated millions of listens on Soundcloud, got press from The New York Times, Complex and BET‘s 106 & Park. Single “Fruit Snacks” won over fans like Jaden Smith and Childish Gambino, who used the track in his short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, and landed him shows with Chance the Rapper and G-Eazy prior to a headlining tour earlier this year. Since the genesis of Super Duper KYLE, the rapper has been recognized by Rolling Stone as an “Artist You Need To Know,” and “a rising star of rap,” by the Huffington Post. Prior to the release of “Really?Yeah!” KYLE simultaneously unveiled three tracks on the same day. Premiered via VIBE, “KING WAVY” ft. G-Eazy, “Angel” ft. Buddy and “iThoughWeWereNiggas,” became summer party anthems and proved the rapper was multi talented emcee capable of blended hip-hop, R&B, and dance in his music.
Watch “Really? Yeah!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knkOOkvaceA
Check out the Complex premiere: http://www.complex.com/music/2015/09/kyle-new-music-video-premiere-really-yeah
Deluxe pre-buy link (includes two bonus songs) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smyle-deluxe-edition/id1034020656?ls=1
Standard pre-buy link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smyle/id1034018881?ls=1
“Really? Yeah!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knkOOkvaceA
“Just a Picture” feat. Kehlani: https://youtu.be/jAmkHypH_-A
“KING WAVY” feat G-Eazy: https://soundcloud.com/lovekyle/king-wavy-ft-g-eazy
“It’s Lit” feat. Iamsu!: https://soundcloud.com/lovekyle/its-lit-ft-iamsu