Stop Hating / Start Trying – [Na-Kel Smith]

You may know Na-Kel Smith for his talents as a skateboarder, but with this young talent’s latest double-feature offering, “Stop Hating / Start Trying”, his crossover into the rap game is certainly nothing to look over. At face value, the LA-based artist’s approach towards rap is a charismatic one, fueled by his personality as a natural entertainer along with ambitious lyricism to top things off. Add these aspects of his style to the bright, melodic production of “Stop Hating” (courtesy of Surf) and you have a single of immense replay value riddled with great energy to keep on repeat. On the other side of things, turning towards a more aggressive sentiment, the second part of this video blesses us with the hard-hitting, deeply-cut deliveries of “Start Trying”. If you weren’t hip already, the contrast between the two noteworthy songs makes for a dope introduction to the many talents of Na-Kel Smith, so be sure to watch the Marcus Pulvermacher-directed visuals for “Stop Hating / Start Trying” below. Additionally, keep an eye out for more music from the CA talent throughout 2018 and let us know what you think about his latest offering in the comment section.