‘Last year be­ing broke’

North East-based rap­per keeps ris­ing

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JOE ANTOSHAK

— Over the last few months, Ra­keem Miles, a 23-year-old lo­cal rap­per, has con­tin­ued to make strides in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Last month, he played his first sold-out show in Con­necti­cut, and Fri­day night he played an­other sell­out at a small venue in Los Angeles. In a phone call be­fore the show, he said he knew of at least one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from a di­vi­sion of At­lantic Records that would at­tend.

In March, Miles re­leased a self-pro­duced al­bum called “Do They Re­ally Love You,” which tack­led themes of aban­don­ment seem­ing to par­al­lel some as­pects of his per­sonal life. As a child he spent 10 years in foster care after his bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents were deemed un­fit to care for him.

He’s eye­ing an­other al­bum re­lease some­time in the first half of next year, with the planned ti­tle “Ac­tion Fig­ure Miles.” (He’s hop­ing to cre­ate a comic book that will ac­com­pany the CD.)

“What I was think­ing is, right when I get back [from Los Angeles], I’m just go­ing to jump right into my al­bum,” Miles said.

His ties to the Odd Fu­ture rap­per Mike G have proven ad­van­ta­geous so far. A cou­ple of Miles’s songs have reeled in hun­dreds of thou­sands of lis­tens on Sound­cloud, thanks in part to Mike G shar­ing them. Miles also made a cameo in a video re­leased on OFWGKTA’s YouTube chan­nel — “#been,” which is near­ing 100,000 views.

Two months ago, Miles pub­lished a song to Sound­cloud called “A Dol­lar A Day.” On it, his typ­i­cally melodic verses ride atop a tight-knit beat from an artist named Niko­lai. The hook is a rep­e­ti­tion of a sin­gle phrase: “This my last year be­ing broke.”

Maybe it will be.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CHING

Ra­keem Miles, a 23-year-old rap­per who lives in North East, is hop­ing that 2016 will be his last year be­fore mak­ing it big.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RA­KEEM MILES

North East rap­per Ra­keem Miles re­leased an al­bum ti­tled “Do They Re­ally Love You?” in March.

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