JayRyde & Lil Sleep Da King
Musician in St. Louis, Missouri
The mighty Mississippi River has been a major artery for music distribution since the earliest days of jazz and the blues. For generations, music has traveled from the mouth of this majestic tributary down in New Orleans, up through Memphis, on to St. Louis and as far North as Minneapolis.
Although the genres have evolved into soul, R&B and hip-hop over the generations, not much has changed in the way this powerful pathway connects cultures from the bottom of the map to the top.
Case in point is hip-hop tag team Jayryde & Lil Sleep Da King. Both were raised in North St. Louis and bring the best in hot, buttered lyrics to the table. But Jayryde boats a nail-biting hardcore style while Lil Sleep Da King borrows from his dance-laden New Orleans background with an R&B appeal.
Together, they formed We Already Rich conglomeration and brought the both worlds with their 2015 mixtape High Definition. Now after brining the spotlight back to their city, they are loading up once again with their much-anticipated follow-up High Definition 2 and seductive lead single “She Likes to Dance.”
“When you got two people who are street but one is more real and the other has a more club feel, you gone have a good record every time,” explains Sleep. “We make music to make girls dance, music for the street and music that makes you feel good.”
Jayryde agrees, “Our music is influenced by the South but it’s influenced by music from all over. And it gives us our own style. Sleepy’s style is real melodic. I’m basically straight street, switching up styles in the middle of the verse, swagging on the track, riding the beat.”
Lil Sleep was born in Louisiana and later moved to The Gateway City as a child. He spent many summers down South and began recording his music in ninth grated. In his tenth grade year, he gained local attention with a 10-song mixtape he and a high school friend had recorded and distributed through school.