Kobe has been on an absolute tear in 2022. Kicking off the year with his “ESCAPE” two-pack, Kobe’s latest offerings “Caddy,” “Don’t Miss” and U4 0.5’s lead track “MARNI” further defined him as a bonafide hitmaker in the revitalized underground scene. As listeners received banger after banger, he tapped Trippie Redd for the remix to his SoundCloud hit “Escape Your Love” last week — leading in U4 0.5’s release on March 25.
At 10 tracks long, Kobe is seemingly in a different element on this tape. Proclaiming that “this is my year” on the tape’s opening track “OUR YEAR,” Kobe jumps from style to style with ease while keeping things as signature as can be. His ear for beats, ability to sing-rap and trademark energy found in his flows and ad-libs allow him to be limitless, as the Louisiana teen phenom convincingly strives for stardom on this holdover project — leaving no room for filler. Kobe also left fans a message to celebrate the tape’s release, teasing his impending debut album further.
“Thank you guys for taking the time to listen to what’s to come in the future,” he said in the mixtape’s description. “0.5 doesn’t even scratch the surface of U4EYA… Enjoy.”
As Kobe continues to shoot for the stars, U4EYA is poised to be one of the most unforgettable albums the new wave has seen yet. With KayCyy, TyFontaine, KA$HDAMI, Dro Kenji and others also leading the charge, Kobe stands atop a slew of next-gen talents — looking to be enshrined alongside SoundCloud legends of both past and present.
Listen to SSGKobe’s ‘U4 0.5’ below!