Elijah Yates is a recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer. Elijah was first recognized for his highly-successful mixtape “Art Of Story Telling” under the name SoSiK. In 2014 he dropped the Born Again mixtape, which spawned 2 successful singles namely, “The Way It Should Go” and “Muthafucka”.
Now in 2015, Elijah Yates comes flying out of the gate with his 8-track EP, “OutLawStar”. Five of the tracks were produced by Elijah himself, while Nick Mortuus produced “God Damn” and “Man Down”, and Aura took care of “Misfits”.
As you listen throughout “OutLawStar”, you’ll realize that Elijah Yates is a man with a lot to say. Not only is the EP structured to fit the head-nodding worshipper with its heavy basses, but it also appeals to those who are remotely interested in hearing what things are roaming in the mind of a storyteller. Elijah also finds time to chill out and relax to a very smooth soul groove – and what I without a doubt find to be, alongside “Down” and “We Up (ft. Meloso)”, the best track on the EP – “Things Change”.
All in all, Elijah Yates manages to put together an EP with opinions, thoughts, ideas, expressions, images, and messages, sticking away from the typical braggadocio that most rappers make their paper stack off of nowadays. Elijah is not only a great producer, but he is also a great rapper and performer. He packs energy and makes his presence felt when he’s on the mic, while his raps have a lot of substance and meaning to them.
Elijah Yates is a kind of a work-in-progress, a rising icon, in the underground hip-hop culture and his music is very powerful. The most important part about “OutLawStar” is that Elijah doesn’t step away from what he’s been doing in the game thusfar. He shows himself as a growing person and artist. From top to bottom, this EP was put together thoughtfully. Elijah is an ever-improving hip-hop artist, with a combination of soulful production and his unique way of putting simple words together to make it sound catchy, he puts this EP over the top.
I feel like it’s impossible to not like Elijah Yates. His lyrics are simple yet somehow are insanely tight as well as catchy. And then a lot of the beats are really good for those who love beats more than lyrics. Thus there is no reason to be negative here, great lyrics plus great beats, cannot add up to anything else, but a great EP. This would be a really cool hip-hop recording to add to your collection, so support good rap!