Canon brings the heat for summer hip hop playlists on his new song, "We Been Here," featuring Aaron Cole blazing the chorus and second verse. The track drops Friday on Reflection Music Group and is available at online retailers.
The emcees attribute their strides in the music business to their longevity and hard work, distinguishing themselves from newcomers. The booming track produced by KDiamondBeats is packed with bravado and lyricism. Canon offers a synopsis of his tenure: "Been independent, on the ground, under ground, been born with a beast mode / Been on the waves since day one / So I'm Lil Yachty, plus three boats." Cole, a member of Rapzilla's 2016 Freshman Class, compliments the song with bars about his bold, willingness to rhyme about his faith before it became trendy. "Really coming for these copycat Christians ashamed of his name 'til Chance gave 'em a Chance," he raps.
"We Been Here" was inspired by Canon and Cole's career trajectories. "Many times hard work goes unseen," Canon explains. "We reflect on our journey that has brought us to where we are today. 'We Been Here' is an upbeat anthem to encourage working hard towards the goals God has set on your heart."
"We Been Here" is a follow up to Canon's January release, "Fighters." Canon's last album, Loose Canon Vol. 3, debuted at #15 on Billboard's Rap Albums chart in November. Canon is working on the his next set.
Canon first gained notoriety honing his chops as a hypeman for Lecrae, who later featured him on his Rehab: The Overdose project. In 2011, Canon signed to Derek Minor's Reflection Music Group. A member of the 116 Clique, Canon released his debut mixtape, The Great Investment, in 2009. In 2012, he released the first volume of his Loose Canon mixtape series. The following year, he dropped his first official album, Mad Haven. He achieved a breakthrough in 2014 when his Loose Canon Vol. 2 mixtape reached Number 101 on the Billboard 200 chart. Loose Canon Vol. 3 was released in 2016. The artist who has also collaborated with KB and Andy Mineo, among others, had one of his freestyles featured on ESPN's First Take and was nominated for a Kingdom Choice Award.
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