18-year-old rapper and producer redveil made a big splash in the abstract hip-hop world with 2020's 'Niagara,' earning a co-sign from Tyler, The Creator and securing his place as one of the top acts to keep an eye on.
He just dropped his anticipated project 'Learn 2 Swim,' adding new depth and vision to a high-quality catalog.
The inspiration behind 'Learn 2 Swim' comes from redveil's willingness to try, fail, succeed, and above all, learn. (He self-produced all 12 songs on the project.)
“You gotta learn how to swim," he told Audiomack. "It's either that, or you drown. You just have to try. It's not even about being fully successful on the first go. You have to jump in, in some capacity, to learn."
Reflecting his humble and eager attitude, redveil shared a beautiful video as part of the rollout titled "eighteen," which compiled advice from a few of his older peers like Denzel Curry, Saba, Mavi, Rich Brian and femdot.
"One thing that stuck with me – well, two things. What Rich Brian had to say about gratitude. ["Be grateful…because all of this can be taken away from you instantly."] That was important," he said during the same interview.
He added, "What Saba said about constantly learning. Like, he's 27 and still feels 18 in a sense. Learning never ends. That's how I feel right now."
Each track holds its own energy and weight, from the jazzy sample on "diving board" to the precise instinct of "mars" and "pg baby," a nod to his roots in Prince George's County.
"Bring it back to Largo, that P.G. baby never settle / Easy day to get him silent tryna meddle / 'veil adjacent to the pot, you bet not touch it 'til it settle / And I'm hitting every shot, boy that's the f*****g fundamentals," he raps.
Peep the visuals for the latter track above, and you can catch redveil on the road as part of Freddie Gibbs' tour.