redveil first popped up on our radar earlier this year with "run it back," a compelling combination of gruff rapping over a distorted beat that sounds as if could fall apart at any moment with heartfelt singing. Digging back into redveil's catalog revealed a rapper and producer experimenting and developing in real time—which makes sense for a 16 year old. His SoundCloud page is packed with producer flips of popular songs, as well as rap tracks that have more in common with the lo-fi sound of Earl Sweatshirt or MAVI, and more.
This week, redveil released a project called niagara, his best and most consistent body of work to date. The PG County, Maryland artist raps with clarity about everything he sees around him—the good, the bad, and the ugly—painting a vivid picture of growing up as a young Black man in testing times. "To me, niagara represents optimism, and it represents liberation. I’m in a place in my life for the first time in a very long time where I truly feel mentally free, and it shows on this project. The instrumentals are bright and colorful, and the lyrics are genuinely hopeful for the future. To me, it’s the start of a new era in my life, which is an era where I can conquer anything I set my mind to."