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Friday, June 24, 2016

Premiere: Listening to ymtk's "Workaholic" Will Make You More Likely to Dance Than Work

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:07 AM

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In advance of his upcoming album, All The Right Places, East Oakland born rapper and singer ymtk has graced us today with his new slap, "Workaholics," featuring Kool John.

Ymtk (which stands for Young Murph the Kidd) now lives in Los Angeles, but his Bay Area roots run deep. As "Workaholics" shows, he frequently collaborates with NorCal artists, and All The Right Places is chock-full of features from local musicians, including Too Short, Marc E. Bassy, Rexx Life Raj, and Iamsu! 
"Workaholics," as the title suggests, is inspired by the Comedy Central show of the same name, which ymtk was introduced to through fellow Bay Area rapper, songwriter, and producer Bobby Brackins.  When the two lived together a few years ago, Brackins "used to binge watch hella episodes," which ultimately led ymtk to fall in love with the show, as well. 

"He told me some of the cast was from the Bay, which made me connect with the cast even more," ymtk says. "They hella remind me of my friends. One of the stars of the show, Blake Anderson, has become a big supporter of Kool John and the whole Shmoplife squad. All those cats are fam and John is one of my good homies. We always make dope music together, so I had an idea to make a song to bridge all the gaps and connect the dots."

The Ekzakt produced song starts off with dialogue from Workaholics before launching into a cavernous beat punctuated with claps and rumbling bass that you can't help but dance to. Layered on top of this is ymtk's smooth singing voice and Kool John's gravelly raps, which sees both artists having fun with the word "workaholic," creating their own similarly-sounding terms, like "weedaholic" and "twerkaholic."

Stay tuned for All The Right Places which is slated to come out this summer, and, as Kool John raps in the song, we're pretty sure that ymtk's "future is brighter than a headlight," too.  
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