Key Nyata: Two Phonkey
Posted by Ben Friedlander
Live For The Phonk
It seems like every week a new Raider Klan member emerges (seemingly) out of nowhere. Seattle native Key Nyata first appeared on Raider Klan leader SpaceGhostPurrp's YouTube channel back in January with the lo-fi video for his excellent "Get Fucked Up 1994," which borrows its beat from Memphis underground legend Gangsta Pat's "I Wanna Smoke." When the video for "Get Fucked Up" was originally posted, Key Nyata was still 16 and less than a year removed from his learners permit. Now 17, he has taken to Portland, Oregon based music blog Fresh Selects to release his new album Two Phonkey. Sonically, the album follows in the footsteps of Nyata's fellow Raiders with its haunting, phonkey, lean-tinged, 90s inspired riddims-- the kind that keep white suburbanites up all night. Key's ghostly flow perfectly compliments his eery beats. He sounds slightly less menacing than SpaceGhostPurrp does, but equally as dark. Perhaps what is most impressive about Two Phonkey is that most of the album is produced by the KeyGawd himself with friend of the site Ryan Hemsworth contributing a beat to the album as well. Alongside fellow Raiders Young Simmie and Amber London, Key Nyata seems destined to be heard by a larger audience. If for some reason he doesn't reach that audience, its because the rest of the music media was taking a nap while Key Nyata released some of the best hip-hop to come out of Seattle in the last few years.
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