Gaining a cult following through membership in the Washington Slizzards collective and supporting his case with strong features on household hip-hop names like Statik Selektah and Curren$y, Haile Supreme is well-situated to reach millions of ears with his ear-wormy vocals and cheery attitude.
With “Elsewhere” released only a week ago as a birthday gift to himself, Haile Supreme has positioned himself as a top-charting feature away from becoming a household name. It’s not to say that bigger numbers imply more talent, but with such a small discography, it’s been hard for even avid music listeners to discover this young legend.
“Elsewhere” is a danceable, down-tempo track fit for a Kaytranada SoundCloud loosies album. It’s groovy and shows off Haile’s talent for gliding along a track with airy and seductive vocals. A tame trumpet section and an absolutely bumping bass provides the perfect backdrop for Haile Supreme, a second coming in his own right.
The single comes on the heels of a pair of features on the critically acclaimed CJ Fly album, “RUDEBWOY.” where Haile counters CJ’s hard-hat NYC flow with finesse. Haile’s first appearance is brief, providing a short introduction to a more full showing on “GREW UP.” He’s able to fully spread his wings, showing listeners another side to his talent; the beat is down-tempo just like “Elsewhere,” but instead of dance drums it’s a New York-style boom-bap beat. It’s an eerie and sublime feature, implying a depth of personality we’ll likely get to know on future albums.
“Take it easy, don’t you worry” is the central motif of “Danjahrous,” manifested in several different ways, first through the chorus, a repetition of worry-free feelings that are as earwormy as a Pharrell chorus.Michael’s Quarantine Playlist, Pt. 1
Next is the beat, which chimes and rings, reminiscing on happy days with infectious energy. It’s a nostalgia-laced track, one that’s so purely happy that it’s impossible to stay away from for over a day or two. It’s a stressful world, so put on this track, light a blunt (or not), and take a break.
I don’t make that Pharrell comparison lightly. He might not have the cultural impact of Pharrell, and Pharrell’s chameleon-like tendencies are truly one of a kind. But from the perspective of each of their penchant for lightheartedly, happy vocals, they are two peas in a pod. Don’t let the low profile fool you: Haile Supreme is ready to blow up.