You could say Buddy is cut from the same cloth as Kendrick Lamar. Yes, he's from Compton, but he strays far from the gangbanging culture as popularized by his homecity peers (and veterans). The 19-year-old MC has been dripfeeding his debut project, Idle Time, to us over the past few months, serving up delicious samples like "Awesome Awesome" and the Kendrick-assisted "Staircases"--both of which are produced by his mentor, Pharrell.
Keeping the excitement at a high level, Buddy connects with his label boss (the rapper is signed to P's i am OTHER imprint) on the mic this time, for "As Far As They Know." The two mesh seamlessly and naturally over the glitchy drums and zipping basslines.
Idle Time is hopefully coming sooner than its title suggests. [P&P]