Check out one of 2018’s most impressive r&b efforts that you have never heard of.
Wiley from Atlanta is a superstar in the making. Around two-ish months ago he exploded onto my radar with his performance on “Pink Skies” and since the rising Atlanta singer has never left my frequent rotation. “Pink Skies” is damn near a perfect song. The instrumental’s intoxicating, euphoric sample underscores Wiley’s sweet gruff voice wonderfully and the slow tempo and soft drums allow Wiley’s voice to shine over Jia’s masterpiece of production.
As far as content goes it is very interesting to examine the “Pink Skies” lyrics while allowing context for the setting. Although this sounds absolutely nothing like the Atlanta music we have all come to know and love, many of the same motifs permeate through this track. From an Outkast reference to several references to marijuana in a manner that only an Atlantan can accomplish. The most interesting and inventive piece of songwriting has to be the, “I think your Jesus Christ watchin’ me, he probably sippin’ Hennessy on ice, Heaven got a couple shows tonight, finna wait in line for a chance to see Prince.”
This is by far the most impressive piece of artistry from a largely unknown I heard in 2018, and now the Elevator audience is blessed to have this masterpiece on our channel. Wiley is one of several artists at the forefront of a so-called “New Atlanta” that is certainly looking like it will usher in a new renaissance in the home of trap music.
Stream “Pink Skies” here: