Sam R i, Trust One Tag Team ‘Whatever Mane'

The duo's kept busy and recently unveiled a lo-fi teaser clip and split song preview

This past March, newcomer MC Sam R i and producer Trust One released "Purple Cashmere," an excellent EP that showcases the rapper's nimble delivery while highlighting Trust's low rumbling knock and beat-making proficiency.

As expected, the duo's kept busy and early last month unveiled "Whateva Mane," a lo-fi teaser clip and split song preview for a pair of upcoming tracks scheduled to drop in 2019.

Sonically, it moves in similar "Purple Cashmere" style with Sam R i cruising atop hard pounding drums and gracious samples. As for the actual visual elements, it's all about the hues -- colors pop, shining vibrantly, with neon lights burning red and cool blue tones accentuating an almost glowing Sam.

Indeed, theirs is a creative push that's locally rooted, but the two also channel bits of classic east coast hip-hop, whether through Sam's Roc Marciano-like indifference or Trust's Griselda-ready backbeats, they show deference to the birth place of rap music -- New York City.

And it's part of what gives the combo their charm, a couple of California aficionados challenging regional expectations, as the tag team partners deliver another solid effort, adding to an already impressive foundation.

J. Smith, aka 10-19, is a San Diego native, rap fan and San Diego Music Award-winning musician. You can follow him on Instagram at 10-19_the_numberman or on Twitter


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