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David Versis – Kill The Lights [Audio]

Toronto, ON – Toronto rapper-producer David Versis just released a new single on us titled “Kill The Lights.”

This release comes to us following some very exciting news for Versis: he did production work on Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood album, which has just been nominated for a 2015 Grammy. Huge shout-out to Versis on that one, and for putting himself on the map. Dude’s been making waves on the scene for the last few years so it’s so dope to see him getting that shine. Other recent Versis credits include work on Yo Gotti and T.I.’s monstrous “King Sh*t” joint.

But let’s backtrack to this “Kill The Lights” release, here. Versis hits us with a suave R&B–tinged sexy sex song that was self-produced in conjunction with Mikhail. Despite the sexy undertones, this song is actually really sad because the whole “kill the lights” thing refers to a relationship fizzling out. David is pretty shook up.

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But despite the sadness of it all, David somehow flipped this joint into a supremely sexy song. I mean, I know he’s killing the lights on his relationship, and all. But I could see kids “killing the lights” (as in – actually turning off the lights) and getting freaky to this. It’s got that feel. In fact, at some points this song delivers a downright religious experience: “Throw me into your bathwater/ Come on baby/ Baptize me.” Dang.

At 2:27, David comes in on a rap verse – a really emotional feelings-inducing rap verse about relationship turmoil. There are some great one-liners on here. Like when David says “You unsing our love song/ I hold on by one string.” Then he finishes his verse by bringing it all full circle for us: “Right before we kill each other/ I’m ‘a kill the lights on this love thing.” And that right there is some seriously heavy ish.

Twitter: @DavidVersis | @MikhailOnIt

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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