Kenny Mason’s brash balance of heavy metal and infectious trap gets more undeniable by the day.
Off the back of his latest mixtape RUFFS — which was in all parts an “experience” for the Atlanta rock-rapper — Mason gifted die-hard fans with a SoundCloud-only pack “pr3” (Feb. 7) on his second account, superpuppyboy.
“Just sumn slight for the pups,” he said about the EP, as Kenny previously revealed to us that he’s contemplating a sequel to RUFFS sometime in the near future. Crooning over “crossfire,” “loyalty” and “entropy,” the “SHELL” star is in his element exuding both edginess and energy on the 3-track EP.
Produced by Kenny himself, Julian Cruz, Skufl and frequent collaborator Coupe — who handled a majority of the production on RUFFS — Mason combines his knack for ethereally singing in between mosh-inducing bars. His brazen vocal inflections create a vibe only Kenny can cultivate on “entropy,” as “crossfire” slows things down with a somber, grungy approach that sees Kenny’s vocal chops take centerstage. “Loyalty” is the most bombastic of the bunch, bringing forth a blizting, pop-punk vibe to Kenny’s genuine hard rock soundscape.
Previewing a pack of new tracks on Instagram Live — one featuring the inimitable Tony Shhnow — “pr3” is a perfect holdover for whatever Kenny has cooking next. Catching both artists in Chicago for Mason’s sold-out “RUFFS Tour,” the pair initially divulged that they had some “heat” on the way together. Here’s hoping it drops sooner rather than later.
Amid RUFFS’ release last September — and with new music on the way — Mason continued its rollout by sharing the third iteration of his “STRAYS” performance series. Bringing a live element to his third full-length project, expect Kenny Mason to continue breaking barriers — and guitars — as 2023 wages on.
Listen to “pr3” below!