mp3: Tay Devenny – vancouver/Palme

Of all the words we use to describe music on The Up-Turn one I don’t know if I’ve honestly ever used is ambitious.  I usually assume ambition in songwriting is for rappers who have already proven themselves to the wider world and no longer need to have the ambition to make it.  So while I expect Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to be ambitious I don’t expect that from up and comers like Sidewalk Kal, Chef the Chef and Tay Devenny (just to be clear though “Paranoia” is one of my favorite songs of the year and I’m incredibly psyched for the music Chef has coming in 2014).  Despite my predispositions, “vancouver/Palme” is an incredibly ambitious track.  Unfolding over a gorgeous and sprawling beat provided by Lux Natura, Tay Devenny’s vision reaches nearly 12 minutes in length making it the second longest rap song I’m pretty sure I’ve ever listened to.  But like the longest rap song, “vancouver/Palme” pushes and blurs the boundaries between R&B and hip-hop with Lux Natura’s beat slow burning like a wood stocked fire place.  It’s the perfect backdrop for Tay Devenny to postulate, question, coo and do everything else that makes him one of the most exciting rappers recording right now.  When I first wrote about him I claimed that Tay Devenny validated a place in hip-hop for an emotionally in tune rapper and more recently I described him as one of the most softly poetic rappers I knew.  After “vancouver/Palme”, Devenny is clearly becoming the rapper he’s always known he could be.


pkelly94mp3: Tay Devenny – vancouver/Palme