Kota the Friend and Statik Selektah joined forces once again on their second collaborative studio album, a 10-track project titled, “To See a Sunset”.
Kota the Friend stated, “‘To See a Sunset’ is an album about turning your dream into a reality and being present with the realization that you are living your best life”.
A sequel to their 2021 project, “To Kill a Sunrise”. Fans can expect the same dynamic instrumentation and vibrant lyricism from one of the game’s most exciting rapper-producer combos.
“Me and Kota The Friend just mastered album 2 and it’s better than the first. That’s all. Good night.”, shared Statik Selektah in a tweet. If he’s right, the hip-hop world is in for another masterpiece from two legendary artists at the top of their game.
Brooklyn rapper Kota the Friend bucked trends, favoring musically rich instrumentals and vivid, sometimes surreal wordplay over the interchangeable trap styles of many of his peers. His personal, often introspective lyrics and jazz-inflected beats met with well-groomed production on his 2020 album Everything. In 2021, he teamed up with producer Statik Selektah for the project To Kill a Sunrise. The third volume of his Lyrics to Go series appeared in 2022, as well as the album MEMO.
Kota the Friend was born in Brooklyn in 1992. He started exploring music by playing trumpet at age eight, growing more and more interested in music production in his high school years. He performed in various bands and worked as a cinematographer for independent musicians’ video projects before establishing himself as a solo artist with a trio of singles in 2017. Kota’s style blended jazzy undercurrents with R&B touches over beats that took cues from multiple phases of hip-hop’s evolution. His full-length debut album, Anything, was released in 2018 and included cameo appearances from Hello Oshay, Childish Major , and Angel Haze.
Positive reviews and press buzz came quickly, but Kota decided early on to stay independent. He would turn down offers from major labels multiple times over the next few years, opting for a D.I.Y. approach that offered him more creative control. In 2019, he released the FOTO mixtape, and the next year he followed it with the brief project Lyrics to Go, Vol. 1. His second studio album, Everything, was released in May 2020. Its summery production and unique arrangement choices gelled into one of Kota the Friend’s most successful projects yet, in terms of both critical reception and the charts. A second volume of Lyrics to Go, which included the single “Pomegranate,” followed in 2021, as did To Kill a Sunrise, his collaboration with producer and DJ Statik Selektah. Lyrics to Go, Vol. 3, a 22-minute release that was still longer than either of the first two parts in the series, was released in 2022, followed by the full-length MEMO and single “Red Lights.”
Kota the Friend is an independent hip-hop producer and recording artist who has amassed over 800 million streams and 6 million monthly listeners globally. He launched the fltbys® skate and culture brand in 2008 when he was a junior at Brooklyn HS of Performing, which is now a lobal brand with a physical flagship store in a building that he owns in Midtown Harrisburg, PA. KOTA is also a trained musician, who plays the trumpet, guitar, and keyboard.
His critically acclaimed sophomore album, Everything, made a spectacular chart debut at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Hip-Hop/R&B Albums” chart, along with his first-ever appearance on the overall Billboard 200. Among his more recent accomplishments, Kota scored two top-five iTunes and Spotify debuts. His albums include, ANYTHING, FOTO, Lyrics to Go Volumes 1,2,3 and 4, To Kill A Sunrise, EVERYTHING and MEMO.
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