Starting around December 2016, Chicago artist Nick Carter Green started to share cryptic posts across social media, teasing something big in the works. Nick has made an art of maintaining a relatively low profile throughout his career, letting his work speak for itself. But these recent posts started to break the silence since Nick’s 2015 project, Live.
This Tuesday gave listeners the first taste of what Nick has been up to these past couple of years. Two new singles, “Breanna” and “Haley”, show two sides to Nick: the soulful, melodic conscience and the cold, insistent ego–both forces fighting for the center of attention.
“Haley” features Chicago’s very own Rockie Fresh, Alex Wiley and YP. The three rappers trade bars over a radio-ready beat. As the track builds, it cuts to a ex-girlfriend voicemail revealing the subject of the song’s title. Then, Nick closes the song with some of his strongest flows ever, making it hard to resist rewinding his verse to catch every word.
To contrast that explosiveness, “Breanna” draws from Mary J. Blige and Lil Kim’s “I Can Love You” to slow things down. Nick lets his voice lead the track over smooth keys and a sampled hook. When the drums finally kick in, the song loses all restraint and ends in a final burst of energy.
We caught up with Nick Carter Green in the studio last summer about another project he’s been working on. Check out that interview here.