One of the brightest new faces coming out of Puerto Rico’s urbano scene, Kris Floyd just released his first official mixtape, XoXo. Coming just a few days before the full release, Kris Floyd’s “4TY,” a single from XoXo‘s tracklist goes a long way to showing why he’s got such serious potential.
Kris Floyd’s “4TY” Comes After a Rapid Rise to Fame
Kris Floyd, though he’s got some major co-signs under his belt, is a newcomer in the truest sense of the word. Floyd’s first official release came in 2020 with the single “COMPLICADO.” It’s a sleek piece of melodic trap whose moody, dark production comes from the world of stateside R&B crooners like 6LACK or even Future. On the mic, the Puerto Rican artist showcased double-edged talent, equally adept at somber melodic lines and nimble, rapid-fire rap flows. That ambidexterity no doubt classes him with the biggest faces of the urbano takeover, as both his earliest work and newest releases would fit easily alongside the work of a Bad Bunny, a J Balvin or an Ozuna.
XoXo Marks A Big Step in the Singer’s Career
Cue “4TY,” the final single released in anticipation for his debut mixtape titled XoXo. Lyrically, the song is as sultry as they come, a breakdown of a sordid affair that intersects with Floyd’s newfound lifestyle and profile as a musician. Look no further than the first few bars of the song: “Terminó el show, veo el iPhone / Baby, tú sabe’ dónde es el after party / Se mudó de Brickell pa’l Icon / Se comenta dizque tiene un sugar daddy.” The nocturnal and glossy instrumental calls to mind the highest echelon of US comps—the beat sounding like something ripped from Travis Scott’s Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. Every song from XoXo was given a full visualizer treatment, and if the themes at play weren’t already fully set, “4TY” features the singer amid pre-show makeup and hair, a window into the processions that go into his rockstar persona.
Jota Rosa is responsible for the production on this one, a placement that speaks to the star potential Kris Floyd has—the star beatmaker has already worked on a ton of tracks for the biggest names in Latin Music, including half a dozen Bad Bunny tracks, a Rauq Alejandro single and plenty of work with Selena Gomez to boot.
While Kris Floyd’s “4TY” no doubt stands out as a highlight on the project, the rest of XoXo showcases the same talent. You can find the project in full wherever you stream your music.