Native Sun, not the one from UK is a boy band that formed in 2008, on a quest to uphold the culture by fusing hip hop with African rhythms. The trio based in Indianapolis and of Caribbean and African descent, is inclusive of the talented Brandon Meeks who plays the bass, Sleepy on the drums and B Young who’s the emcee/rapper.
The band manages to intertwine jazz, soul, electronic, rock and roll in their music, an impressive feat from the trio. They released their first project Step Into The Light in 2012 and hence began their love affair with music and their audience. From their debut they made it clear that they are unapologetic and refreshingly raw and honest in their music.
It is their sophomore project Undeniable that stamps their mark as not just prodigies but influential voices in hip hop. Their 6-track project released in 2014 was crafted expertly. The groovy hip hop tunes incorporated against expert instrumentation and unadulterated vivid lyricism is nothing short of magnetic. Their intro Where I’m Coming From lets you know from the jump that they are in command. Their witty wordplay and cadence is commendable; I like to be seen but I love to be heard//every verb is a piece of the puzzle/hip hop has been locked down with a leash and a muzzle. Their swag is unmatched even as they show their pop culture knowledge; it’s no surprise I done surpassed my peers//some people in my city been trying to box me I gave them boys sloppy seconds kardashians/ and others in my city been claiming they hardcore. Simply impeccable
The Tupac influence is heavily felt on I Get Around, the fourth track on the EP. They prove they can fuse intelligent, ‘woke’ rap and get grimy in the mud all the while delivering resonating music.
Their sound is unique and a breath of fresh air, reminiscent of 90’s elite emcees (Talib Kweli, Nas, Mos Def) who could create off the bat slick rhymes over any sample. Hearing their music one can easily derive the band’s influence from these dope artists. They stand out without morphing into the expected commercial sounds by envisioning compelling lyricism that cover an array of social issues, paired with their versatility of live instrumentation thus creating enticing sounds
They have all the makings of a great group that could reach the heights of the 90s group The Fugees. Their undiluted perspectives are needed in music, calling out social injustices. Their message will still be relevant so many years later and will still relate to fans globally. Now if that is not a testament to great music, I don’t know what is.
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