At first glance, rapper SuperDuperKyle kind of puts you in the mind of Drake. But then you listen to his songs, and look at some of the music videos and you realize that while both Drake and Kyle are both light-skinned, Kyle is better. His raps are less of him trying to portray himself as a prominent womanizer rapper, and more of him just talking on the track. That’s what makes SuperDuperKyle such a talented artists. He’s happy, hype and real, and it reflects on his tracks.
Hailing from Ventura, California, ‘SuperDuper’ Kyle Harvey (or as he calls himself, King Wavy) started rapping to provide for his mother and three siblings. Kyle tells Rolling Stone Magazine "My mom is a single mother, and she's worked really hard to raise us. I'm in a unique situation to make a good sum of money and take that weight off her shoulders".
Kyle has toured with G-Eazy, and is fond of pop sounding rap with electro notes to them. In his song ‘Just A Picture’ featuring Kehlani, he talks about a relationship that is being interrupted by one partner’s obsession with their cell phone. Using a sound reminiscent of the 80’s, and a music video featuring dance moves of early 2000’s girl and boy bands, he communicates the message in a way that isn’t too admonishing, but does make you think.
My personal favorite SuperDuperKyle song is his song ‘Really?Yeah!’. The track uses video-game sound effects at the beginning, which then transitions into a super sick beat that will have you dabbing and stabbing within 30-45 seconds. As soon as Kyle starts rapping and referencing oldies cartoons, such as Wyle E. Coyote, the listener is hooked. This is a song that you will want to dance to in the car, at a party, or even while cleaning up around the house.
The music video for ‘Really?Yeah!’ features bright colored lights, 90’s telephones, sweatbands, and plastic palm trees. This helps contribute to the light, fun tone of the song.
Ely Murray is a student at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @agirlcalledely.