Kye Clayton, fresh prince of Uniacke Square

As part of our feature on the up-and-coming rapper/beatmaker, we ask Clayton to freestyle for The Coast.

“If the beat talks to me, I know exactly what I’m going to speak about on the beat. So I play a beat, freestyle the whole song—and then I’ll re-write certain words that don’t make sense or could be filtered. I freestyle so I can get a good flow on the song instead of writing it right away,” Kye Clayton tells The Coast when explaining his songwriting process. The rapper, beatmaker and record label co-founder from Halifax's Uniacke Square picks up the thread where the likes of J. Cole and Nas left off, braiding intricate verses about his daily life and experiences. 

Here, as a companion piece to the profile we published on Clayton earlier today, we share a recent freestyle he crafted for The Coast. It gives us serious Illmatic-era Nas vibes—and we're sure it will wow you, too:

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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