Bay Area newcomer Basi joins the Bay’s go-to producer Drew Banga for “PUMPFAKE”, the new single for upcoming smooth 5- track project called “Shake The Scene”
Listen to “PUMPFAKE”: ffm.to/pumpfake
Watch the video for 1st single “Let Me Come Through” featuring Elujay on YouTube
Singles “Let Me Come Through” featuring Elujay and “PUMPFAKE” are a glimpse at what is to come with project “Shake The Scene”, a joint project between new artist Basi and seasoned Bay Area producer Drew Banga. Drew Banga recently said in a VICE article on the producer that he wants to “spark the Bay Area’s rap resurgence” and he’s clearly putting action to words. Drew’s recent credits include Kamaiyah’s “Windows” featuring Quavo & Tyga – as well as a feature in Toro Y Moi’s new album “Soul Trash” – plus he’s been known to work with big artists early on in their careers. He produced Kamaiyah’s “I’m On”, Calebrate’s “Bankrobber”, Rexx Life Raj & Ymtk’s “What’s Up”, 1-O.A.K.’s (“Lost & Found” co-produced with Kuya Beats and BossLife Big Spence’s album, which includes the “10k” remix featuring G-Eazy.
Obasi creates for the people who believe in their own power and in their ability to create the conditions they need to thrive. “I believe in the transformative power of music and I want mine to be a vehicle for change and self – actualization.” says Davis, a 23 year-old Hip Hop artist and designer from Oakland California.
He named his brand “Basi” because he is a truth seeker. He creates to pierce the veil and reveal the facade, while still retaining his spirit.
As a child Obasi began his creative journey writing and performing poetry around the country and eventually the world. Throughout highschool Basi traveled to places like; Sacramento, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Calgary, London and Paris, to perform his poetry. After becoming the youth poet laureate for the city of Oakland in 2013, Obasi went on to the University of Wisconsin Madison where he began transforming his skill with words into music.
While in college he began working with live musicians as well as a range of producers from the Midwest and the Bay Area to create a cohesive mix of live instrumentation and East Oakland slap.
As a recent college graduate, Obasi works as an educator in Oakland while pursuing a career in music and design. He believes his purpose is to teach and educate the masses about the lessons he’s learned through lived experience.
Currently, Basi is gearing up for his first official release, an EP with renowned Oakland artist and producer, Drew Banga. The EP, titled “Shake The Scene”, will be released through Text Me Records and will feature some of Basi’s favorite collaborators and musicians from Oakland to Chicago.
“I am a product of Oakland CA and the African Diaspora. I make music I can see myself in that is life affirming and encourages manifestation. My songs are personal mantras that get me through my life, one day I want someone else to say it gets them through theirs as well.” – Basi