California-bred rapper Hiway thrives on the prominent lines that divide today’s rap game – big city and rural, street-wise and book-smart, underground and mainstream, old school and new school, hard body bars and raw emotion. His niche lies in his ability to keep sonically relevant while incorporating the essence and fundaments of the art. All while remaining unapologetically himself. It’s this uniqueness that makes artists and fans eager to connect. He’s shared the stage with a number of prominent artists, like Tha Dog Pound, Tech N9ne, Wu-Tang Clan, and many others. His latest album, “Damaged Goods,” dropped earlier this month.
“Autumn Colors” is one of the singles off of that album that showcases his versatility, fast and poignant delivery, and a knack for conceptual songs. The instrumental is pretty stripped down, which works out since it gives listeners the opportunity to listen to the lyrical wit by Hiway and featured rapper Aye That’s Dope. Hiway plays with words throughout his verses, taking one word that can be used in different meanings and flipping those around to string those meanings together. He drops the line, “I don’t mind Drake, but I’m more for supporting me” to show that he’s not here to play with anything other than words – he’s here for the crown, with the best intentions possible.
Aye That’s Dope also holds his own when it comes to lyrical wit and displays his speed prowess by dropping a few hard-hitting bars. The hook falls back into a slower pace, giving listeners a chance to absorb all of the quick hits they heard during the verses. Besides that, there are no stops in this song. All of it is hard-hitting.
You can watch the music video, produced by Noah Cuz, below.