On “Yo-Yo,” artist and producer MVW strings together a compositional field of ‘80s-inspired sounds and fluttering hi-hats that feels like the musical equivalent of a synthwave screensaver. With Valee taking the reigns with the “yo-yo, yo” chorus, it gives Shhnow the space to dance on the beat a bit, something that MVW’s intentionally loose production is exactly designed for — and it pays off.
MVW and Valee have become a reputable force in the rapper-producer scene; MVW’s knack for simple, post-minimalistic composition matched with Valee’s incomparable wordplay and fluidly experimental flows. Adding Tony Shhnow into the equation is a no-brainer, who decorates much of the synth-laden instrumental with some slower, methodical bars.
His personality is on full display within all of this, rapping about “4-for-4’s” and the understandably perpetual desire for another blunt. MVW leaves just enough space for these artists to also inject their own zealous creativity into the mix, helping craft a lyrical bond filled with casual wit and charisma. The pair’s musical harmony is a keen component of MVW’s artistic vision, with this coming to further fruition on an upcoming collaborative project between them.
“Valee is a perfect match. The way he approaches my beats? He sounds like incense smoke on the mic. I feel like we are creating something that’s going to have a real impact.”Michael Vincent Waller
Collaborating on a number of singles and albums prior to this, MVW and Valee continue to reach for new soundscapes and vibes, landing in a retro, spacey place on “Yo-Yo.” The duo are rounding up their upcoming collaborative project, which is sure to take us on more stoned sonic adventures.
Check out “Yo-Yo” below!