Warren native Ky'Ly'ntae is hoping the forecast is bright for his latest release, "Kylyweather."
The album will be available on iTunes beginning Tuesday, and copies of the CD will be available at a release concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Lower Level, 169 S. Four Mile Run Road, Austintown. Also performing will be Steve the Recruit, Trak Blazas, J Howell, Preach, Smashhouse, The Heroez and Savage Fam.
The rapper, a 2007 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School whose full name is Ky'Ly'ntae Mostella, said the new disc features a clean, positive sound. And unlike past releases that had Ky'Ly'ntae collaborating with other artists, there are fewer feature performances on this album.
"I wanted to get more of just my creativity," he said.
The album was produced by Dallas Richardson, who works under the name Outro, and Ky'Ly'ntae said Richardson's background as a pianist had a strong influence on the tracks.
"It's just a completely different creativity scale than what people are used to hearing from a rapper," he said.
The first single is called "Benz and Crib," and "Blue Skies" is another song he believes has the potential to attract radio attention. "Blue Skies" features a vocal track by Richie Richelle, a singer from Indiana.
"I had a show in Nashville and met her through a mutual friend," Ky'Ly'ntae said. "I found out she could sing, and I already had this song written. I'm obviously not a singer, so I ended up getting her on the song in a studio there."
In addition to shows this weekend in Cleveland and Austintown, Ky'Ly'ntae has shows booked in Dayton, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago in support of the new release.