Spacejam Bo's name has been bubbling for a while, and now he's ready for the spotlight with his new mixtape Cote Kid.
Over the course of 12 tracks, the 21-year-old rapper shares his story of the struggle and how that's made him into the man he is today. It's a narrative that caught the early ears of LVRN (pronounced: Love Renaissance), the same collective behind 6LACK and DRAM, who decided to get involved with the rising act out of Montgomery, Alabama.
"He's from the streets, and he has a perspective of real life," Tunde Balogun, co-founder of LVRN, tells Complex. "That's what LVRN is; we fuck with artists who just speak real life shit."
"Who Really Love Me?" is representative of this approach. The early single finds Spacejam Bo lacing listeners with his personal experiences growing up. It's a somber tale, but the light at the end of the tunnel isn't too far: "I’m just tryna feed my fam I’m so close I can grab it."
Bo gives a nod to the Notorious B.I.G. and Beanie Sigel as rappers he's been influenced by. "Biggie's another version of me; then again, I'm another version of him," he says. "He's this kid from the projects who beat the odds."
And on Sigel: "He took real to another level."
Cote Kid is light on features (YoungBoy Never Broke Again, YFN Lucci, Money Man), which gives Spacejam Bo ample space to tell his story. Production comes from Hit-Boy, Cassius, Black Metaphor, and Archer (who is also Bo's engineer), among others.
Stream Cote Kid below, check out the video for "New Money" above, and grab the project on iTunes.