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Bino Rideaux’s new project ‘Sorry 4 Tha Wait II’ was worth the wait

Bino Rideaux dropped his long-awaited new album. The uniquely captivating West Coast star apologizes for the delayed release of Sorry 4 Tha Wait II, but the wait was well worth it.

Embodying all the swagger and street smarts of a classic Los Angeles rapper — infused with a charismatic melodic delivery — Rideaux has quietly risen as one of the most exciting new artists out of California. His instantly infectious, R&B/hip-hop hybrid sound and unmistakable LA appeal is perfectly of-the-moment and on full display across his skip-less new project.

Keeping it strictly on brand, Bino has an entirely Californian feature list, from R&B-inclined superstars in Roddy Ricch and Ty Dolla $ign, to rising West Coast newcomers Kalan.frfr and Coot Corleone, and a posthumous verse from the larger-than-life Drakeo the Ruler. Especially side-by-side on “HEARTLESS,” listeners can hear how Bino’s understated and lightly autotune flows have a similar appeal to the famously laidback and half-whispered delivery Drakeo helped popularize.

Not to be outshined, his solo tracks go just as hard as the features. A few highlights are “BEST FRIEND,” “CARTIER” and “TIED TO ME” — and of course the lead single “IF U EVER,” which came with a music video complete from hometown favorites Watts Homie Quan and Storm DeBarge.

To match his distinct tone, the production on Sorry 4 Tha Wait II is part hip-hop, part R&B and 100% West Coast — not to mention impressively cohesive given the wide range of top-tier talent behind the boards including Tiggie, Axl Folie, Turbo, G-RY, Geronimo, Cashmoney AP, Trauma Tone, Bobby Kritical and more.

Many were first introduced to Bino Rideaux by his proximity to the late Los Angles legend Nipsey Hussle, appearing together on their joint project No Pressure in 2017. In respect to his fallen friend, Nip is prominently featured on the Sorry 4 Tha Wait II cover art around Bino’s neck in gold and diamonds.

Since then he’s cemented his place in the LA soundscape with his winning hybrid sound across frequent singles, big collaborations, and projects like Outside and Sixtape 2 — a joint-effort with fellow melody-driven rising star, Blxst.

As an increasing presence from the Pacific shore over the last several years, it seems Bino is finally getting the recognition he deserves as support pours out for what is already gearing up to be his biggest release to date.

Listen to Bino Rideaux’s Sorry 4 Tha Wait II and watch “IF U EVER”