Video: REASON – “Favorite N****”
The Braggadocious Anthem is a Highlight Track from the TDE Signee’s Acclaimed New Beginnings Album
“Top Dawg Entertainment’s newest signee, REASON, is running a well-deserved victory lap. After a number of hardships that could’ve broken anyone’s psyche, REASON beat the odds through a relentless work ethic and sheer force of will.” – Billboard
“TDE’s newest signee has his eyes set on more than just the rap throne.” – VIBE
“Being a strong rapper isn’t the only quality that makes him a potent artist; it’s matched by the ability to translate his lyricism into a captivating stage presence.” – DJ Booth
Mixing heady lyricism with an effortlessly fly demeanor, Top Dawg Entertainment’s REASON has every right to feel cocky. Taking the time to spotlight his myriad accomplishments, REASON shares “Favorite Ni**a,” his new music video. Produced by Kal Banx, “Favorite Ni**a” is elevated by thumping bass drums and a chiming sound effect that recalls vintage video games, leaving plenty of space for REASON to stake his claim: “Ni**as wanna be REAS, tell the truth, I can’t blame a ni**a/Yeah, I’m my favorite ni**a, yeah/And money ain’t change a ni**a.” Shot from REASON’s point-of-view, the new clip finds the rapper taking a midnight trip around L.A. in his boxframe, intensely focused on a mysterious task. The video concludes as the sun rises, and REASON goes about his day unfazed by the previous night’s events.
“Favorite N****” is a highlight track from New Beginnings, REASON’s critically acclaimed new album. The follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 project There You Have It, the new album is home to previously released singles like the defiant “Pop Sh*t” ft. ScHoolboy Q (3.8 million Spotify streams) and the recently-released “Sauce,” a Vince Staples-featuring banger that inspired a powerful music video. New Beginnings also boasts new highlights and high profile collaborations with kindred spirits. On “I Can Make It,” REASON goes toe-to-toe with Rapsody, flashing perceptive, conversational bars about how they overcame their humble beginnings with hard work and a Midas touch. The 29-year-old Carson, California native proves his lyrical worth next to Isaiah Rashad and JID on “Extinct,” showing off his wittiest wordplay atop a boom-bap beat fit for The Beatnuts.
Working with producers like Tae Beast, S1, Illmind, and especially Kal Banx, who had a hand in 8 of the albums 14 tracks, REASON crafts a soundscape that twinkles like Los Angeles at night, complete with syncopated bass, sparkling keyboards, and eerie vocal samples. REASON sharpens his pen and cuts through the high-definition instrumentals with a gruff, yet vulnerable presence, expertly translating the environment that surrounds him even as he takes stock of all he still has to learn. The album earned widespread praise from critics, earning positive mentions in The FADER, Complex, Billboard, XXL, and more, and charted at #167 on the Billboard 200 during its debut week. In recent days, REASON sat down for interviews with UPROXX, Paper Mag, DJ Booth, among others. Featuring additional appearances from Ab-Soul, Mereba, and Alemeda, New Beginnings is available everywhere via Top Dawg Entertainment.
Watch “Favorite Ni**a”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpORYW9V7Q4
Buy/Stream New Beginnings: http://Reason.lnk.to/newbeginnings
New Beginnings tracklist:
1. Something More
2. Stories I Forgot
3. Pop Sh*t ft. ScHoolboy Q
4. Show Stop
5. Favorite N****
6. I Can Make It ft. Rapsody
8. Slow Down ft. Alemeda
9. Flick It Up ft. Ab-Soul
10. Sauce ft. Vince Staples
11. Extinct ft. Isaiah Rashad & JID
12. Westside ft. Mereba
14. Windows Cry
In a world of extremes, a sense of reason can be the difference between success and failure. Go too hard or not hard enough, and you’re likely to stumble. That knowledge wasn’t lost on TDE recording artist and Carson MC Robert Gill Jr., better known as REASON. It defined him as a man and artist, creating a signature style and balanced foundation that made him stand out in the bubbling Los Angeles music scene. His work ethic and skills caught the ear of Top Dawg Entertainment, leading to an appearance on the multi-platinum Black Panther: The Album soundtrack and a TDE roster spot in 2018. He wasted no time acclimating himself to the spotlight, dropping There You Have It, a 12-track project that was a favorite of fans and critics alike. His witty wordplay and sharp delivery made it clear he’s here to stay. He hit the road to pay his dues and expand his fanbase on tour, opening up for TDE OG Jay Rock on his 2018 “The Big Redemption Tour” and on Dreamville artist JID’s 2019 “Catch Me If You Can” tour. The LA native hasn’t looked back since, garnering new fans with his relentless wordplay and unmatched desire to work.
“Favorite Ni**a”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpORYW9V7Q4
New Beginnings: http://Reason.lnk.to/newbeginnings
“Sauce” ft. Vince Staples: https://Reason.lnk.to/sauce
“The Soul Pt. 2”: https://REASON.lnk.to/thesoulpt2
“Pop Sh*t” ft. ScHoolboy Q: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LklveYZH7r4
“Might Not Make It”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu8pXM4GKfM
“Trapped In” ft. Ab-Soul & Boogie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3AIk8zMvlc
“The Soul”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtzbvUu3pEc