In a serendipitous turn of events, Keith Harris, better known as Versa Clean, stumbled into the world of music almost by accident. From the modest beginnings of creating tracks as a joke among friends, his journey took a remarkable twist with the unexpected success of “Getting Bags” in 2020. Recognizing his untapped potential, he delved into music with fervor, and the culmination of his efforts is now evident in his new album, “SPINNIN N’ DRILLIN.”
A dynamic blend of inspiration and homage, the album channels Versa Clean’s desire to present his unique take on the drill genre. Drawing from his roots in New York, where the drill movement found its recent footing, Versa Clean embarks on an artistic endeavor to carve his own niche. He cites his early experiences with Pop Smoke’s albums “Meet the Woo” and “Meet the Woo 2” as pivotal moments that ignited his passion for drill music. As he reminisces about those days in high school, it’s evident that this passion has been brewing within him for years.
The album, “SPINNIN N’ DRILLIN,” serves as a canvas where Versa Clean paints his aspirations and influences across eleven compelling tracks. From the gritty energy of “Bad Bitch,” the exhilarating opening track of the album is a captivating fusion of rap, dance and R&B elements that immediately sets the tone for the album’s audacious exploration of sound. The track opens with a pulsating beat that instantly grabs your attention, reminiscent of the infectious energy found in DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” and Chris Brown’s “Go Crazy.” This dynamic blend of charisma and groove captures the essence of Versa Clean’s music and establishes a unique atmosphere for the album.
Moving through the album, tracks like “BODYCOUNT (DUI)” and “From Lexington” continue to showcase the artist’s versatility. The narrative depth of “From Lexington” adds a layer of introspection to the collection, offering a glimpse into Versa Clean’s personal experiences and influences. As the album progresses, it’s evident that Versa Clean navigates various tempos and genres with finesse, incorporating elements of Jersey club, dance and house to the primary rap/hip-hop/drill genre much like Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind.”
Interestingly, several tracks from “SPINNIN N’ DRILLIN” share an uptempo Jersey club vibe that resonates with Lil Uzi Vert’s “Just Wanna Rock.” The pulsating beats, concise verses, and barely above-a-whisper choruses create an engaging contrast that draws listeners in and leaves a lasting impact.
In the end, “SPINNIN N’ DRILLIN” encapsulates Versa Clean’s artistic evolution from a casual creator to a serious contender in the music industry. The album stands as a testament to his determination and growth, as he asserts his unique voice within the drill movement. With each track, Versa Clean weaves a sonic tapestry that honors his influences while carving a distinctive path forward.
“SPINNIN N’ DRILLIN” defies easy categorization, much like Versa Clean himself. It is a testament to his willingness to experiment with sound and genre, resulting in an album that is simultaneously familiar and fresh. Versa Clean’s fusion of Jersey club, dance, and house elements mirrors the evolution of his musical journey, demonstrating his maturity as an artist and his ability to blend genres seamlessly.
I recommend “SPINNIN N’ DRILLIN” to anyone who enjoys a fresh and dynamic blend of genres, especially those who appreciate the audacious energy of drill music fused with elements of rap, dance, R&B, and even Jersey club influences. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss out on experiencing this captivating album that pushes boundaries and showcases the evolution of an emerging New York Emcee.
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