MAYA HUYANA - Sea-Foam
Inland Empire MC and vocalist Maya Huyana’s Sea-Foam is her rappiest album yet in my opinion yet it still presents a fully smooth continuity with her previous soulful outings. “Boss” is a moody and killer opener- she makes us wait for her first instances of singing on this project. On "Hitta" and "Bloodbath", San Bernardino's Yah embraces her inner grimy MC and destroys before rebuilding. Something she does proficiently AF that I admire is to go from lo-fi to super-polished even within a song. A song will sound like a rap basement demo in one moment and then quickly transition into a shining perfectly calibrated chorus of harmonies and layers, ready for radio. This diversity of sound, this versatility, is the future we want for hip-hop I think.
This album exhibits a rougher tougher side of Maya. Here her usual themes of artistic freedom, hippie ideals and effortless movie-like hood romance are joined by Westside-reppin’, mourning of the fallen and aggressive businesswoman-like speaking of dreams into existence. I admire her willingness to change styles album to album while maintaining the ability to still deliver what was successful about her previous work time and time again. Follow Maya’s trail of Sea-Foam into the heart of the city, you won’t regret the journey.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers