Since his DopeHouse debut in 2009, Locksmith has remained one of our favorite emcees doing it.
Every year since 2011’s I Am Lock and his Embedded album with Ski Beatz, the Bay Area lyricist has released a new project — including Labyrinth (2012), The Green Box (2013), A Thousand Cuts (2014), Lofty Goals (2015), and last year’s The Lock Sessions.
Today, the streak continues with Olive Branch.
Lead by a trio of singles, Lock released each with a matching video. Kicking things off with the racially-charged “Agenda,” the Bay Area lyricist then invaded an abandoned church to rap about his come-up, dodging fakes in the industry and his aspirations to further is career on “Nobody,” before touching how absence makes the heart grow stronger on “Neck Pillow.”
Now, armed with 10 more amazing tunes to share, Locksmith returns with his new album. Equipped with features from Rebecca Novel, Olamide Faison, One Coco, and Sangrin Sara.
Check it out below and cop Olive Branch on iTunes.
Before the album was released, Lock gave a few fans the opportunity to hear it early while he picked them up as a Lyft driver. How cool is that?