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Nikko Gray – Reserve (Prod. BatmanOnTheBeatz) [Audio]

Los Angeles, CA – L.A. songstress, Nikko Gray, recently teamed up with Torontonian super-producer, BatmanOnTheBeatz (aka: the man behind some of your favourite SMMG songs), to drop a new record on us titled “Reserve.”

This track fuses BOTB’s signature trappy drum beats with Nikko’s soft feminine vocals. It’s one of those tracks that bodies the new wave of genre blending that’s happening with hip-hop right now. I can’t decide whether whether it’s best classified as a hardened version of alt-pop, or a softened take on trap. Either way, it delivers all the goosebumps and all the feelers.

Nikko Gray - Reserve (Prod. BatmanOnTheBeatz) -

This track doesn’t feature any rap bars at all. So don’t hold your breath. Instead, the joint takes a beat that would have typically been synonymous with a turn-up party track, and changes everything you thought you knew about trap beats. Nikko’s wispy vocals turn this song into a puffed-out haze of introspective feelings. So many feelings. Everywhere. I feel like I’m floating off into some distant part of my innermost thoughts. If you smoke out, smoke out to this one.

Nikko is currently working on her first full project release in over four years. So keep it locked on that – we’re crossing our fingers that it’s got more of this genre-bending goodness on it.

Twitter: @BatmanOnTheBeat | @NikkoGray

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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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