SSGKobe’s star seems to rise more and more each week.
Reconnecting with Cole Bennet and Lyrical Lemonade for the visuals to his rage-inspired track “MIA,” the Louisiana-based rapper’s ascension as one of the new wave’s top artists hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Since the release of his breakout hit “thrax,” Kobe truly has been going “super saiyan.” “MIA” is not only his assertion to be taken seriously, but is defiant in his sound — rapping over razor sharp synths and bouncy production. Kobe croons effortlessly over the track’s two-minute run time, perfectly fitting within the pockets of the Ryder Johnson, Ayo Jug and jassu produced beat.
The track’s catchy nature is instantly recognizable, as Kobe takes a stab at being the villain locked within his own thoughts — unafraid of what’s next regardless of the consequences.
Bitch, I’m fine, thanks for askin’
Gettin’ money every day, don’t got time for relaxin’ (Woo, woo, woo)
M.I.A, they askin’ where I been, bitch, I been away
Takin’ drugs and smokin’ dope so I can relieve the pain (Woo, woo, woo)
She been in my head, in my head (Woo, woo, woo)
I just poured codeine, poured codeine
Still can’t go to bed, go to bed (Woo, woo, woo)SSGKobe — “MIA”
Bennet’s direction and overall visuals are stunning — depicting Kobe as the resident of a type of haunted house or, conceptually, trapped in it. With eerie and horror-inspired cinematography, Kobe is seen performing alongside swarming bats and “sleeping with fishes” in a baththub filled with blood. Cameos from KA$HDAMI, Adin Ross and Cochise — whose “Tell Em” Lyrical Lemonade treatment with $NOT garnered him mainstream acclaim — continues to reassert the new wave’s arrival in hip-hop.
At just 17-years-old, Kobe’s current stake stems from his first big collaboration with Internet Money, dropping “Feelings” in late 2020. Since then, the Lyrical Lemonade veteran has linked with $NOT on “Calabasas,” dropped his debut EP, KO, and has linked with other new wave rising star KA$HDAMI on “Wake Up” — further proving his limitless potential to take over sooner rather than later.
His other recent collaborations include his feature on BabySantana’s posse cut “Antisocial 2” as well as BROCKHAMPTON’s deluxe offering of PRESSURE / BOW WOW from their latest album ROADRUNNER.
As Kobe continues to remain at the peak of his grind, “MIA” proves to be the start of his reign as one of hip-hop’s top-tier hitmakers.
Check out SSGKobe’s exclusive interview with Our Generation Music below, as he discusses more of his upcoming music, his origin story and more!