Today Atlanta rapper Surf delivers his full-length mixtape titled, BADDER HUMAN.
Having battled episodes of depression after several of his friends died and dealing with the everyday struggles of being a 20 year-old Black male in America, “Better Days” captures Surf in his natural element, determined to pursue a new path in life.
“This year I was going to just stop making music but they inspired me to keep pushing and making music, so I wrote this song about how things will get better and I let out a lot of feelings. The message is just to keep pushing because Better Days will come.”
With a grandfather that did work with Reggae legend Peter Tosh and other small bands in Jamaica, Surf grew up in a musical family and picked up the piano and the guitar in his early teens. From there he learned how to record himself and eventually began to develop a fanbase on Soundcloud, where he would upload his recordings and interact with fellow artists and fans.
Incorporating trap sounds like 808’s and a punk influenced attitude that you can hear his lyrics, Surf has embodied the eclectic nature of punk and trap music for a mashup that breaks genre barriers. Highlighted by his fan favorite songs “Fight” and “Itsok2cry,” the Atlanta millennial has generated over 5 million steams on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and other DSPs while he continues to grow his fanbase daily.
“My music is a new generational twist on Hip-Hop and Punk influenced music,” Surf explained. “Heavy 808, really cool synths – it’s just really different and it all still keeps that Hip-Hop trap element to it, so I think that my music will really set itself apart from other music out today.”