Los Angeles-based, San Diego-bred, Kentucky-born​ rapper Ta'East is just starting to pick up momentum, but he's already flexing the kind of confidence that comes with years of practice. That's because for years, Ta'East has been grinding away, winning over the respect of creatives around him (including No I.D. and Virgil Abloh), and getting better at what he does. It's all starting to pay off, and as Ta'East prepares his Ok I'm Ready EP, it's becoming increasingly clear that the timing is perfect.

On "Light The Way," Ta'East goes in over a relentless beat by Cairo Mayeson, muscling through the bass and coming out on top. Check it out below, and catch Ta'East on the Pigeons & Planes stage at ComplexCon this weekend in Long Beach. Tickets here.​