In The Rotation: “Gray Area” by KAYTRANADA feat. Mick Jenkins

Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn

Perhaps music fans have caught KAYTRANADA’s many music remixes of songs made famous by stars like Missy Elliott, Pharrell, and Teedra Moses. Or maybe music lovers have jammed out to the producer’s DJ set at a festival. One thing is for certain, KAYTRANADA can’t be pigeonholed into just one genre and it’s evident on his sophomore album BUBBA. One of the album’s standout tracks is the Mick Jenkins-assisted song “Gray Area.”

The long-awaited BUBBA album comes three years after KAYTRANADA released his debut LP 99.9%. In proper KAYTRANADA fashion, the producer brings a number of artists featured for the ride. However, on “Gray Area,” this isn’t the first time he’s teamed up with the Mick Jenkins. He previously produced a few records for the Chicago-bred rapper including “What Am I To Do” and “Understood.” KAYTRANADA’s lush production on “Gray Area” blends genres of R&B, old-school, and electronica to help showcase Jenkins’ melodic MC skills in a more upbeat tempo. KAYTRANADA is known for releasing dance-heavy tracks and this song gives Jenkins’ fans a vibe they might not be used to from the MC.

If you’re a student and need help with assignment writing or you’re at the office putting that deck together and need something to give you the proper vibe, find KAYTRANDA on your favorite streaming platform and get to work. If you’re a lazy college student with a due date soon approaching (we’ve all been there), then check out these essay services reviews or Venmo me $100 and I’ll hook you up. Consider your musical rotation upgraded and check out this week’s pertinent reading material:

Rest in Peace Juice WRLD, Hip-Hop’s Radiant Light – DJBooth

100% her year: How Lizzo became the one thing we all loved in 2019 – Los Angeles Times

We’re Losing Another Rap Generation Right Before Our Eyes – Vulture

Jay Electronica’s Career Is The Biggest “What If” Of The 2010s – Okayplayer

In The Studio With Pharrell: How SoundCloud Artists Changed His Approach To Music – Complex

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