‘Last year being broke’
North East-based rapper keeps rising
— 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.
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.
North East rapper Rakeem Miles released an album titled “Do They Really Love You?” in March.