As millions of people across the globe join forces to protect social, political and economic of the black majority, Boston-born and bred artist Caye pledges to donate 100% of the proceeds from his newly released record “Happy?” directly towards the Black Lives Matter.
On “Happy?”, Caye wonders what it really takes to find inner peace. The Pete Miller production brings a hot summer bounce to contrast its melancholy message. Beneath the upbeat, tropical soundscape lay seeds of bitter truth, as he rolls out a list of material things that supposedly make life “good”.
The vocal tone is a beautiful mix of rawness and polished passion. The delivery is quite spaced out on the verses letting the funky sounds carry the melody that almost sound like Shy Guy on the mic.
“When I wrote this song, a lot was changing in my life, and I was spending a lot of time trying to get myself right. So many people think happiness is about having the car, the clothes, the girl, you name it… I went through a lot of that before I really learned that happiness wasn’t about chasing those external things, but instead how I was doing on the inside. It’s one of the most important things I’ve realized in my life,” Caye says about the single.
The single leads the way into his forthcoming EP, Isa, out now. On the EP, listeners can expect an evolved version of Caye, seamlessly blending his hip-hop and rap influences with some more reggae and pop tendencies.
“I want to help other people start their own journey of stepping back, taking the time to understand themselves, and getting right,” says Caye. “If you want to make an impact on the world around you, learning to live from the inside out is the first step and you can’t skip it.”
Multi-instrumentalist Caye grew up playing piano, guitar, bass, drums, and most predominantly, the steel pan. In 2013, he travelled to Trinidad to stay with a local family who immersed him in the culture of the steel pan and the culture of its origins. Taken by the instrument’s unique sound and rich history, Caye began producing and writing songs heavily influenced by island culture and the local Boston hip-hop scene.
In the fall of 2016, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Within a year, as his career took off, Caye took a leave of absence to begin touring the country and spread his signature sound. He’s since completed three North American tours playing over 100 shows, collected over 46.5 million streams, collaborated on a chart-topping song with Wiz Khalifa, and written and produced for acts like Alessia Cara and Meghan Trainor.