Drake Hops on 4batz's Breakout Hit "act ii: date @ 8," as the Viral Artist Signs EP Deal With OVO Sound


All the information in the world is available at our fingertips. So how can an artist blow up overnight, and we know nothing about them? When an artist appears out of nowhere, it's often due to social media and the viral nature of pop culture. Even those who suddenly go viral put in the work to grind out content before finally cracking the algorithm. So what happens when that’s not the case? A lack of information has the world shrouded in mystery, asking the following questions: Who is 4batz, and where did he come from?

R&B artist Neko Bennett, more famously known as 4batz, is taking the world by storm. It's no small feat to be showered with praise from Drake, SZA, and Ye when your musical career is in its infancy. With merely three tracks released, he is accruing more listeners on Spotify than many artists get in a lifetime—no wonder a bidding war ignited to sign him.

4batz's recent track "act ii: date @ 8” is a certified mega-hit. It’s a back-to-basics minimalist R&B slow jam, utilizing a laid-back beat, warped synths, and ultra-smooth vocals layered throughout. Due to his hardened appearance, the falsetto tone of 4batz's voice takes you by surprise. This shock lasts only momentarily as his silky-smooth flow and flawless delivery quickly take over. The juxtaposition of his aesthetic is alluring, and if that’s what draws in so many curious fans, they are certainly sticking around for the music. 

Drake hopping on a remix of the track and signing 4batz to his label OVO signals that new music and higher heights are just around the corner. We merely have a taste of 4batz, a glimpse into his talent and persona. The little music available and the mystery surrounding his rise to stardom have caused a frenzy. Fans are waiting with bated breath for what happens next and what might be uncovered from his humble beginnings. 

Listen to “act ii: date @ 8” below:

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