SOPHOMORE ALBUM, SUPERGHETTO OUT NOW VIA COOL LIL COMPANY / RCA RECORDS
What the press is saying about Superghetto:
“Superghetto is another strong reminder of how much Buddy has to offer.”
“an eclectic mix of rap and R&B crooning that shows off the Compton-bred lyricist’s impressive range.”
“Superghetto is another masterful project from Buddy, who continues to prove himself to be a true craftsman when creating a cohesive body of work.”
(April 13, 2022) – Following the release of his sophomore album, Superghetto via Cool Lil Company / RCA Records last month, Buddy officially announces his headlining North American tour dates kicking off this summer. The 10-date run launches on June 15th in Oakland and will see shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Toronto and more featuring support from artists HVN and Kent Jamz along the way. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 15th at 10 a.m. local time.
Superghetto, finds Buddy continuing to expand his uniquely eclectic sound, utilizing his unusual blend of experiences and influences to tap into a wide swath of moods as diverse and expansive as the Los Angeles area itself. The 10-track project arrived alongside a new visual for the album track “Hoochie Mama” and includes appearances from Tinashe, T-Pain, and Ari Lennox as well as the previously released single “Wait Too Long” featuring Blxst, which Buddy recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Buddy last released the deluxe edition of his critically-acclaimed album Harlan & Alondra in 2020 before teaming up with fellow LA rapper Kent Jamz for the release of their joint project Janktape Vol.1, which NPR called “one of the best collab tapes” to be released that year. Amidst those efforts, he also joined Vince Staples on an explosive North American tour, performed at NPR’s Tiny Desk, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that same year. Buddy also played a major role in the Grammy-nominated Revenge of the Dreamers III album, featuring on seven tracks on the Director’s Cut version including fan favorites “Costa Rica” and “1993.”
Listen to Superghetto above, see full album details and tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Buddy coming soon.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
6/15 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
6/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
6/17 – San Diego, CA @ Soma – Side Stage
6/22 – Washington, D.C. @ Union Stage
6/23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
6/25 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/28 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
6/29 – Detroit, MI @ Blind Pig
6/30 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Cool Lil Company / RCA Records
March 25, 2022
01. Hoochie Mama
02. Ghetto24 feat. Tinashe
03. Wait Too Long feat. Blxst
04. Black 2
05. High School Crush
06. Happy Hour feat. T-Pain
07. Coolest Things feat. Ari Lennox
08. Ain’t Fair
09. Bad News
10. Super Ghetto
Born and raised in Compton, California, Buddy seemed destined for greatness at an early age. He was just 15 years old when he had his first brush with stardom, signing to Pharrell’s Star Trak imprint and releasing his first viral single, “Awesome Awesome.” A few short years later, he had delivered on that promise with the soulful, autobiographical RCA Records debut, Harlan & Alondra, in 2018.
A stark departure from the G-funk sounds listeners might have expected given Buddy’s origins, Harlan & Alondra was instead an eclectic collection of sun-soaked styles influenced by Buddy’s experiences. After years playing within LA’s flourishing underground scene, he’d developed relationships with prominent musicians, adding his own church-honed flair, and come up with a unique style that brought critical acclaim to his major-label debut and a hunger to see what he would come up with next.
After detours through J. Cole’s vaunted Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions and releasing the Jank Tape, Vol. 1 mixtape alongside Los Angeles native Kent Jamz, Buddy builds even more on his debut’s sonic experimentation with its follow-up, Superghetto. Again, Buddy utilizes his unusual blend of experiences, tapping into moods as diverse and expansive as the L.A. area itself. On album opener “Hoochie Mamas,” he delves into the party-rap ratchet-style that has been the backbone of the city’s underground scene for years for comic tales of racy mischief.
Then, he turns on a dime to relay recollections of life at the bottom of America’s totem pole on the moody title track, laying bare the lows he’s survived as readily as he celebrates the highs on “Black 2,” the spiritual successor to his pride anthem, “Black.” “I was talking about different Black things that we just self proclaim,” he says of his decision to revisit the track, “And just that Black pride that we have, I was putting all that on the mic. The second one is a cool vibe record, but it still has that prolific message about just Black pride and just being Black.”
He truly breaks out of the box with “HSC,” taking on the loose-limbed energy of an indie garage band while putting his own sly twist on the formula. He continues that upbeat, pop-rock vibe on “Bad News,” spinning a “gangster” narrative over a backing beat that wouldn’t be out of place on a Beach Boys compilation. Taken, together, these tracks highlight his philosophy for this album — and really, for his life.