Top Hit & Off White – [Cartier Shamar]

Just when I was about to give up searching for new releases this week because nothing was really sticking out to me for a brief moment in time, the homie Jack Kane hit me up about a new artist he has been working with named Cartier Shamar. When he mentioned Cartier, he also sent over two of his newest songs, and after locking in and giving them a listen, I knew I had no choice but to write about them.

Both of these masterpieces are produced, mixed, and mastered by Jack, and if you’re familiar with the underground phenom, you know that he has one of the most impressive ears in all of music. As for “Top Hit”, the beat is as relaxed as it gets as Jack utilizes bright, airy, cloudy synths, bubbly percussive elements, and subdued yet impactful drums that all come together for an instrumental that sounds like it should be playing as you arrive at Heaven’s gates. Although this was the first song I had ever heard from Cartier, I was thoroughly impressed from the moment I pressed play. There is just this light vividness to his vocals that complement the production effortlessly. His autotuned voice has just enough alteration to provide some dexterity, however, you can tell that he never even slightly uses the effect as a crutch, allowing his natural abilities to shine through unblemished.

The other song he sent my way is called “Off White”, and although this track came out almost two weeks ago at this point, I couldn’t help but include it in the article because this one was probably my personal favorite of the two and truly caught my attention. The instrumental for this hit begins with some charming, smooth piano riffs before crisp, addictive hats and claps enter into the picture alongside some even more booming 808s that are as buttery as can be. While this track is still fairly lighthearted and easygoing, it does go a little harder than the previous record in my opinion, and Cartier just shows off even more of his obvious talents. As he makes his way throughout this single, the way he sways the tone of his voice, switches up cadences constantly, and shows off his unique style and personality is truly captivating, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rapidly begin to receive a lot of much-deserved recognition moving forward.

Considering these two tracks are legitimately my first and only experiences with Cartier Shamar’s music thus far, I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his other releases and see what other kinds of music he has created. Between this doubleheader, it’s obvious that he has a plethora of skills, and working with Jack Kane is only helping to expose and exploit those talents, so I can’t wait to see what the future holds for either of them. What I’m excited about, though, is the fact that this is just the start for this dynamic duo, and Jack told me they’re teaming up to release a brand-new mixtape entitled Not Just Anybody in just a few weeks. I can’t wait to see what else they cook up together, but I know it’s going to be awesome, so I’ll be on the edge of my seat until that’s in our hands. For now, make sure you get in tune with Cartier Shamar and his latest hits “Top Hit” and “Off White” as soon as you possibly can.