McKinley Dixon has shared his beautifully stark new song ‘Tyler, Forever’.
The wordsmith was born in Richmond, but is now based in Chicago, a city with an incredible pedigree of late for left-field rap artists. While McKinley sits in his own lane, he’s certainly existing in the same cosmos as NoName, say, or even more hip-hop aligned artists like Saba.
New track ‘Tyler, Forever’ fuses club sounds with adventurous jazz elements, while lyrically he’s exploring trauma, grief, and attempting to move forwards.
A song that attempts to locate balance within chaos, McKinley is left haunted by the past while he moves to the future, observing: “The pain still lingers…”
“‘Tyler, Forever’ is a track that is a celebration of the life of one of my close friends, and for all those we lost too soon,” McKinley explains. “A triumphant return for the memories we have of people we love. As the song progresses, it becomes a reflective track for myself, as I dive into the reasons behind why I talk about such complex feelings in this song. By the end, you have a scattered collection of thoughts, where the lyrics mimic the rushing pace of the instrumental.”
Tune in now.
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