Song of the Day: Clouds – INEZ (ft. Clara Kent)

Proud Homewood resident and Pittsburgh native INEZ uses music as a tool to navigate her life. Releasing her debut LP, ‘Voicemails and Conversations’ in December 2019, she follows the project with lead single, Clouds’ – accompanied by a dreamy set of visuals.

A late night groove, ‘Clouds’ is filled with soulful vocals and shimmering synth patterns – whisking you away into a smoky paradise. Richly romantic, “‘Clouds’ is about the newness of a potential courtship, where you are both vulnerable yet open to the possibility and bliss of what could be”

Born to two musical parents, INEZ quickly developed an intense love for the artform. Studying at Berklee College of Music, she prides herself in being a musical polymath – singing, producing, arranging, songwriting, drumming and audio engineering. These skills coalesced into LP, ‘Voicemails and Conversations’ – an audio diary of her navigation of love and growth as a Black woman.

Since its release, INEZ has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition, Bandcamp Daily, and most recently headlined City Theater’s Drive-In Arts Festival. With every release, INEZ hopes to continue using her gifts to uplift, love and create space for Black femmes and women worldwide.

‘Clouds’ is out on all download and streaming sites…check out the video for the mesmerising number below…

Star Song: Hawaiian Thought$ – IMNAMEDKYRA

Kyra Hawaiian nightsFirst of all, I have to say that this is one HOT chick! Let me introduce you to IMNAMEDKYRA – a Maryland –native female rapper (who you should sit up and take notice of) – and her latest single Hawaiian Thought$. This track just displays the extraordinary talent of this promising artist. Hawaiian Thought$ is definitely a standout production as it begins with chopped up beats (which sounds like a stuck CD) and then you’re introduced to IMNAMEDKYRA’S freestyling which effortlessly cruises throughout the chill out track – absolutely wicked!

Heavily influenced by A TRIBE CALLED QUEST and CURREN$Y, IMNAMEDKYRA whose real name is Akyra Hedgman – was part of a Pittsburgh-based group called THE H&T. Now residing in Atlanta, IMNAMEDKYRA is now looking to expand as a solo hip-hop artist. She’s planning to release her mixtape, The Drive very soon – so keep your eyes peeled for a review!

Go on, have a listen to Hawaiian Thought$. If you’re really loving this sound, head over to SoundCloud where you can listen to more of IMNAMEDKYRA’S tracks. Before I sign off, may I recommend one more track Geronimo? Man, it’s too good for words!