Combining deft lyricism with confident rhymes, Bay Area-bred emcee Symba exudes confidence and heart, striking a balance between Pusha T and Vince Staples. Emerging in the early 2010s with a melodic, mainstream-leaning style, he later switched focus to hardened storytelling and embracing the power of his cadence and flow. After signing with the majors in early 2020, he released his full-length Don't Run from R.A.P.
The Californian made his debut in 2010 with a glittering pop-rap single, “Sex Me to the Beat,” which he followed with the 2012 party-starting “No Way Around It” and the album II Words. With booming beats, autotuned vocals, and sample-heavy production reminiscent of early-era Kanye West, he soon pivoted to a more serious, underground direction, embracing street tales, topical issues, and socially conscious material like 2018′s single “Kaepernick.” In 2020, he signed with Atlantic and released the menacing “Serve” and the trap-kissed “Birds in the Bando.” His debut effort for the label arrived months later. Don't Run from R.A.P. (“Responsibilities and Principles”) featured guests 2 Chainz (“Big Homie”), Ty Dolla $ign (“Gotta Love It”), and more.
In 2021, Symba teamed with Keedron Bryant and Gary Clark, Jr. for the powerful “I Know I Been Changed.” ~ Neil Z. Yeung