Camden Malik is from Sacramento but spent time living in New York City and his music skillfully combines the current rap sensibilities of both regions. "Wit My Hands," a song from his recent Since A Kid EP, is a perfect example: Over a haunting vocal sample, courtesy of Sporting Life, Malik brings a distinctive Northern California cadence, fitting in syllables between the claps and enunciating the last word of each bar. In the video, which premieres on The FADER today, he gigs to the song in a graffitied parking garage, offering up a prayer for his creative gifts.
"'Thank God for this gift, I be working wit my hands' means I give God all the glory for giving me the skill and determination to not only write my own music, but also record myself and mix my own music, create mixtape covers, direct my own and others' videos, edit my own videos," Malik told The FADER over email. "'People talking on the under, undercover they some fans,' means mufuckas be hating!"
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