King Nae has been known to draw his inspirations from the touchstones of R&B, Western Rap, and Dancehall to create the fervent Hip-Hop amalgamating escapades he gained notoriety for since 2019.
His debut release—which came out the same year—saw the young budding UK-based rhymester reaching global success, landing air-play on the BBC over the next prevailing months, and eventually sharing collaborations with the notorious Hot Money Studios & Breana Marin.
With his growing fanbase's support, Nae's latest Emcee chronicles don't fall short of incredible, and features a fresh line-up of bar-riffling maestros spitting over hot-blooded verses throughout "Money Marathon."
There's no doubt King Nae has dabbled with Contemporary music in the past, with dissimilar Emcee provisions spilling over the Pop-bordering incantations found in "Illuminate." in May of this year. But on "Money Marathon," Nae takes a complete departure from his elegist-sounding self that he manifested a few months ago. And this time, he's employed two devastating Rappers—Crank Lucas and 3 AM—to eradicate any inquests about his talents for good.
Over booming a Hip-hop and Trap-house amalgamating beat, King Nae's croons over the top-line renders like the chaperone to our Urban sonic meanderings. It's an infatuating introduction to Nae as the operator of a hook in a Track, and he takes his role seriously while drawing reminiscence to Travis Scott's cascading vocal effects; utilizing the tonal aesthetic to embellish his Mantra's gushing enthusiasm.
When Crack Lucas arrives behind the spotlight, we're met with the riffling of buoyant verbal spitfires that dance over a triplet measure with an unrelenting urgency. He doesn't keep this pace for long. Still, as he sports over his innuendoes and carbonated annunciations, he manifests a menacing attitude over jabs at mumble Rappers and the unavoidable reference to Pop-culture. 3 AM takes a similar promenade, retorting over his marching introspections with a pipping hot aura about him. He's buzzing atop his words with nonchalant confidence that only gets better as his unmissable adlibs festoons each breathy second of space with a skeeting affirmation.
When we think back, "Money Marathon" stands as King Nae's testimony to the power behind his creative intuitions' diversified Musical inclinations. He can bend and shape into any form to fit any aesthetic, sonically. But he shines best when executing over Hip-hop cuts like this one.
What were your inspirations behind Money Marathon's narrative, and when did the conception of that idea first arrive for you? Were you in the middle of a productive upswell in your own writing, or was this a track that landed naturally after brainstorming with your collabs?
My inspiration for "Money Marathon" came primarily from me wanting to write something to talk about or give props to some of my most influential artists/rappers that I have looked up to. I look up to artists like Eminem as despite the hurdles he faced starting out as a white rapper he never gave up and as such has overcome them through sheer effort and hard work. This inspires me also as you always have to start somewhere and even Eminem has experienced being shunned offstage for not being as good as he is today.
The concept of the idea first came to me whilst I had finished recording my song (They Hatin) in the studio. I was sitting thinking about what I should work on next and it came to me after listening to Eminem's song (Till I Collapse) as in his second verse he gave props to some of the artists he looks up to, therefore I thought I might do the same.
What had to be the most memorable experience about recording this song and working with 3 AM and Crank for its entirety?
The most memorable experience I had recording this track was how excited Crank was after I told him I had recorded my verse for the track and he can jump on it. it had been something I told him about a long while back that I wanted to do a track with him but I had other things I was doing so took a while for me to come round to it till now. He went to work straight away and although it was expected in a week and a half, he shocked me by dropping it quicker than then.
What were the sorts of emotions you needed to channel in order to unhitch some of the confidence it takes to croon over the hooking portions of a song's main focal point?
More than anything I wanted to emphasize my passion and let the listeners hear what I have to say about some of the artists that I have looked up to over the years, I thought it best to bring that to lift by channeling my aggression, which is what brought that verse to life.
Do you have any Milestone goal you've been aiming for this year as an Artist? How have you been taking steps every day to achieve that crucial goal?
As a milestone I intend this year to have all platforms that I am available on to be indexed and organized more professionally on google, which is all coming together as I have lots of other sources and promoters doing the most to bring that to life, as although first putting myself out as an artist by the name of (Nae) was very successful, I quickly realized other artists were also calling themselves such and therefore I needed to rebrand myself to be more unique hence (King Nae) has now been established across all platforms and I have since had my songs linked to my old profiles removed with some being re-released under the new alias. Another step I will be undertaking is running a competition for (Money Marathon) with a prize for the winner which should raise even more awareness to the track coinciding with all other avenues ventured so far.
What's next for you?
My end goal has always been success and I will continue to work hard and put all my effort into achieving my end goal just as much as I have, whilst attending university.