Fee – [Kenny Kane]

Memphis has always been one of the most exciting places to look for the best up-and-coming artists in the hip-hop world. It feels like within the past year or two, though, there has really been a shift for the Tennessee mecca in a positive way, going from an overlooked city that might get taken for granted by some listeners to a well-respected rap landmark that people look to for the next great emcee. It is tough to point at a singular artist and call them the leader of this movement, but I never fail to enjoy the music I hear if it’s being made by a Memphis native, so Kenny Kane was an essential listen as soon as I saw his name pop up in my email inbox.

Although I’m not entirely familiar with the East Memphis talent, I am certainly excited to get more acquainted with him, especially after tapping in with his track “Fee”. This record, produced by DJ Squeaky, shows Kenny in attack mode as he rifles off numerous confident, buttery bars that are as smooth as I could ever hope for. His flow just seems to come so naturally to him, and even with various nimbly spoken lyrics pivoting in the blink of an eye, it feels like he still has so much more in the vault that he’s keeping locked up for a rainy day.

The accompanying music video is equally as intriguing, beginning with the fact that Memphis is ranked the 2nd most dangerous city in the nation among places with a population of over 500,000 people, with the ensuing scenes showing us a little peek as to why this fact holds true. “Fee” is set to be featured on his upcoming album M.A.N.E., which stands for “Memphis. And. Nothing. Else.”, so I’m certainly eager to listen when it hopefully drops in the next few months so I can continue familiarizing myself with the rising spitter.