ELHAE Shares First Project of 2017, ‘AURA II’
SoundCloud is a goldmine for music lovers. Yes — sometimes it comes with the hit-or-miss and the occasional IceJJfish cover, but all is well that ends well, I say.
I came across ELHAE a few years ago during one of my SoundCloud listening sessions and fell in love at first listen. His AURA EP was out at the time and the vibe was sensational, some stand out tracks being “Drive Me Crazy,” “Halfway Love” and “Situations.” Last March, he followed up with All Have Fallen, giving way to the Kehlani-assisted “Doesn’t Matter,” which is also a favorite.
Now back with his first release of 2017, ELHAE dropped Aura II. Prior to it’s release, he shared cover art via his Instragram for each song with the hashag #10daytracklist, including cool gifs and short captions to keep the fans involved and anxious for what was to come.
1/10 "Admit It"…This song spawned the creation of "Aura 2". @fortunebeats_ sent the beat, and after I recorded it me and the homies played it back a few times..I sat there thinking to myself in the corner of the studio. "This sounds like something that should have been on AURA"….at that moment I knew I wanted to make a part two. That being said it was only right I made it the intro. #10dayTracklist #Aura2 (animation: @chibuyum) 4.14.17
The project consists of 10 songs, with guest features from Ty Dolla $ign, Rockie Fresh and Eric Bellinger. Recently signing to Atlantic Records in 2016, it’s only upward and onward for the Georgia rapper.
“I love hip-hop to death — those are my roots,” he explained to XXL last year. “That’s all I was listening to as a kid. But I mix it up a lot. I like to experiment a lot. My tastes are just kind of everywhere. So I think as time progresses, my sound will progress. I have no idea what I’ll be doing a year from now or two years from now. So I think that’s exciting for my music as well — I don’t ever want to do the same shit over and over again. My taste switches up like every three or four years, so who knows. I want to be great at what I do and what I’m good for. So it’s not really about being the best in hip-hop or being the best at R&B or whatever the case is. I want to be considered great for being a great artist.”
Stream AURA II below.