Kahiem Rivera – Last Night Last Year (Ft. Snake Eyes)

Artist: Kahiem Rivera

Song: This Night Last Year (Ft. Snake Eyes)

Based: Brooklyn

Stands out: Interesting style

If you like: Kendrick Lamar

Kahiem Rivera, an up and coming artist from Brooklyn, NY, has blessed our ears with his newest tack ‘This Night Last Year’ featuring Snake Eyes.

We immediately loved this dude and we realise now it’s because he reminds us of one of the team’s favourite rapers – Kendrick Lamar.

Rivera carries that same sort of chill vibe that Kendrick does but his music is awesome in its own right. The chorus is pretty sweet on this track but our favourite was the second verse, the rhyming rap was sick.

“I fell into a long depression last winter, during a leg injury from getting hit by a car. Once I was semi-healthy again, I started going out a lot to this one bar to get out of that rut,” says Kahiem. “Just being there almost every night, till 4am, binge drinking with a lot of people who didn’t seem to have a care in the world. It almost felt like the club in San Junipero, from Black Mirror. So the song is balancing the feeling of having genuine fun but also an existential “wtf am I doing?””

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kahiem Rivera manages to weave a cynical, world-weary perspective into hip-hop songs about love, sex, race and disappointment. The Earth is in rough shape, and so is he. After getting his start in alt-rap bands “The Universe Project” and “KoBu”, Kahiem began recording solo music following a near-death bicycle accident in the Fall of 2016. What he describes as “It could have been worse” still meant 5 months of largely immobile recovery, and a lot of free time. It also meant a resurgence of some old, cyclical depression.

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