Bas releases his newest album, Milky Way, today via Dreamville/Interscope Records. The 14-track project features fellow Dreamville artists J. Cole and Ari Lennox, as well as A$AP Ferg, Lion Babe, Correy C, Moe Moks and mOma+Guy. Production is handled in-house by Ron Gilmore, Jay Kurzweil, Cedric Brown, Ogee Handz, J. Cole, as well as by Sango and Childish Major. The album is mixed by Top Dawg Entertainment’s MixedByAli. Listen to Milky Way here.
Speaking on the album, Bas shared, “this album is about finding ground. About not poisoning your own well. About finding and tethering yourself to the love that truly fulfills you. Love of self. Love of others. Lovers. Family. Friends. Fans. You’ve all given me all the affirmation I’ll ever need. That is the Milky Way. The only way to go.”
This weekend, Bas will host FIENDSHOP pop-up events in New York and Los Angeles. Head over to FIENDSHOP for more details.
Sudanese, Bas was born in Paris and raised in Queens, New York. His story, one that explores the many effects of diaspora, captures the quintessential New York come-up story and it’s more relevant now than ever. On Milky Way, he celebrates his identity by including sonics iconic to his heritage and by vividly sharing his coming-of-age story. From the Afro-Caribbean influence on “Sanufa” to sampling French House artist FKJ on “Fragrance”, which features Correy C, the album offers glimpses of the places that shaped Bas into the artist he is today. Another standout, “Tribe” featuring J. Cole, was accompanied by a vibrant music video that was shot in Miami’s Little Haiti. The video for “Tribe” has already earned over 1M views since releasing a fews days ago. Bas’ global perspective shines through in all of the album’s visuals, including the cover where Bas is shown next to Sudan’s iconic Nubian Pyramids. In the two years since releasing his sophomore album, Too High to Riot, Bas has traveled the world, selling out shows and cultivating a deep connection with his supporters. This authenticity and dedication to his craft have positioned Bas as Dreamville’s next to blow, and with Milky Way Bas “is reminding fans why Dreamville as a label remains a rap brigade of down-to-earth heroes.” (NPR)