Bay Area native, Derek King, is shaking up the R&B scene with his new EP, Let’s Be Honest. Best known for his viral TikTok song “Tetris,” the young hitmaker is pulling out all the stops for his new project. The new EP has features from heavy hitters like King Combs (“Dead Roses”), E-40 (“2 Much”), and Eric Bellinger (“Stories”). Making it clear the rising star has what it takes to shine, Derek holds his own with with the aforementioned artists.
Sonically, Derek is right in line with his contemporaries, but he carves out his own lane by adding a Bay Area vibe to each track. Vocally, Derek is gifted with an impressive range, tone, and versatility that is on full display on the EP. However, his biggest strength as an artist is arguably his pen game. His unique voice as a songwriter is a delicate balance between sentimental and street. Let’s Be Honest has songs that are sweet enough to have girls going crazy (“Dior Kisses,” “Stories”), but beats hard enough for dudes to bump as well (“Snakes,” “2 Much”). This EP is sure to be in constant rotation this summer. Derek King is definitely one to watch in 2020.
Must Listen: “Stories,” “Dead Roses,” “No Scrubs”
Listen to Let’s Be Honest below: