Khalil Nova - Puma (Soundcloud, 2011)
The youngin’s last sneak peek of I’m The Black Layne Staley maybe his most exciting yet. I spoke to Khalil about a week ago, not long after the release of Young Jeezy’s TM103, and he told me of the influence that Jeezy’s had on him over the years. This is the closest Khalil’s come to making a homage of The Snowman’s signature style, but it’s still disctinctly Nova. Khalil’s voice is more diabolical than it has been in the past, letting that grungry rasp echo throughout the already distorted production in a sinister manner. Even though this song really doesn’t stray too far from being about bitches and shoes, Khalil’s tone of voice makes it sound like he’s preparing an army of intergalactic soldiers for universal takeover. He’s in a shiny Gundam, of course.
Khalil’s Black Layne Staley will be dropping on January 31st, hosted by yours truly and the staff at No Jumper.