Substantial f/ Kenn Starr, Kokayi – “Grateful” | Free Download

It’s always a nice surprise to be treated to a free download from a quality artist, and this track, from globe-trotting Maryland rapper Substantial, is no exception.

“Grateful,” which appears on the rapper’s most recent solo album, Home is Where the Art is, is a soulful lyrical exercise. The song sees Substantial join DC singer-songwriter Kokayi and Virginia emcee Kenn Starr for a reflective cut, in which they all wipe aside present difficulties and count their blessings, and in parts it’s pure poetry;

“When my last experience has been acquired
And I arrive at the date I will expire
I hope I am surrounded by extraordinary folks that I admire”

Whilst that line belongs to Substantial, Kenn Starr also manages to combine lyrical maturity with raw emotion in his verse, and a mention should also go to producer M-Phazes‘, who has created a mellow, ever so slightly melancholic beat, for the other three to reflect over.

Perhaps it’s for these reasons that the track has been voted one of Ebony Magazine’s hottest releases of the week and one of iTunes’ selected tracks. Have a listen for yourself below and download the track for free. If you like what you hear, be sure to purchase Home is Where the Art is via iTunes.