Though Bas, brother of Dreamville President Ib, has been around J. Cole for well over a decade now, we only really started hearing from him about 5 years ago. From Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. 1 to his last album Too High To Riot, his growth as a rapper has been clear to see and the New Yorker has certified himself as more than just another artist in Cole’s shadow.
The singles ‘Boca Raton‘ with ASAP Ferg and ‘Tribe‘ with J. Cole did well. But tonight, Bas finally releases his new album Milky Way which has been in the works for a couple of years now. As well as Cole and Ferg, the LP features guest appearances from Ari Lennox, Correy C, LION BABE, Moe Moks and mOma+Guy.
Earlier today, Bas released a statement about what the album is about and what it means to him. You can read that and stream the album in its entirety below.
It’s been two and a half years since Too High To Riot. I’ve spent the better part searching for ground. We go looking for love in all the wrong places. We go on radio shows looking for love from the hosts and their audience. We put out albums, our truths, in hopes the public will love them and catapult us to great successes. We hope our labels will love how the singles perform. We conquer as many women as we can as if it’ll make us love ourselves. Instead of finding one that who shows you the man you could be. We share only the good parts of our lives on social media. In hopes of making people fall in love with us. One like at a time. This album is about finding ground. About not poisoning your own well. About finding and tethering yourself to the love that truly fulfills you. Love of self. Love of others. Lovers. Family. Friends. Fans. You’ve all given me all the affirmation I’ll ever need. That is the Milky Way. The only way to go.