BlackBook Premiere: Tunde Olaniran – ‘The Highway’

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Let’s get conceptual. Flint, MI’s Tunde Olaniran is about to blow your mind–or at least look inside it–with his upcoming EP. Across five tracks, the rapper/producer examines Jungian archetypes with socially conscious lyrics and punchy beats. (You might also find yourself getting a psychology lesson.) “The Highway” sounds slick and raw at the same time, tapping into his town’s history with the motor industry.

“The idea of highways felt like a mix of classic Americana and the grief that American ‘progress’ inflicts on poor people and people of color,” Olaniran described in a press release. “So, I approached the hook almost like a country song with the melody, and then mixed rap in the verses.”

Olaniran also recently collaborated with fellow Michigan residents Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on the Detroit duo’s Produce Vol. 1 mixtape. The Yung Archetype EP will be out February 25 on Quite Scientific. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter for more.