Saynave Can Relate, and Does So with Latest Single, “The Cookout”
By: Nadia Sobehart
Bryant Gilliam—otherwise known as Saynave—gifts listeners with their soon-to-be new favorite summer hit. “The Cookout,” his latest single, is a song meant for summer hangouts. Saynave speaks to the good times had, while reminiscing about family gatherings, being outside with friends, hanging out, and the occasional drama that ensues.
The single is to be followed by his upcoming EP, “Stay Connected.” The EP is a collection of mature hip-hop songs that anyone can relate to. “Most songs are an ‘everyman’ kind of song—about family, relationships, commitment—standard everyday things people go through,” shares Saynave. He contrasts his sound to that of modern hip hop, which tends to highlight the glitz and glamour of urban artist lifestyle. This is hip hop for everyday people. “I’m reaching out to the people who tend to watch ‘Insecure’ by Issa Rae. People who have standard 9-5 jobs and also go to day parties.”
When it comes to the songwriting process, Saynave tends to make a lot of his own music. “Most of my music making is routine. I go through the day and write songs and ideas about things I find interesting. It’s like that quote about genius striking every day between set hours. My songwriting isn’t spontaneous; I keep a schedule. Most people try to cultivate a stereotypical artist life. But it’s repetition—that’s all it is. Somedays you’ll be on, other’s you’ll be off.” If Saynave has an “off” day, we have yet to see it, because his music is very much “on.”
Coming up with concepts, Saynave searches for relatable topics. “I can’t rap about nothing,” he says. “I keep it very relatable to things that I go through on the daily. I tend to focus on things like personal wealth, investing, family, my daughter, going to work, vacation—things I actually can do and do do.”
Focused on the bigger picture, the artist cares deeply about culture, life experiences, and the important issues in our world today. Saynave has a lot to be proud of in his life. Yet it’s the first release he’s proudest of so far. “The first of anything is always the proudest moment, no matter how bad it is.”
In collaboration with Fogwood Records, Saynave has released fan-favorite songs like “Speak the Language” and “Resume.” This year, Saynave’s partnership with Fogwood Records is bringing a “new era of quality music.”
Apart from hyping up his recent single, “The Cookout,” Saynave is excited to share his soon-to-come EP. We might also spot the artist preparing for festival performances (he would love to perform at SXSW) while he isn’t working on more music and collaborations. According to Saynave, “I want to be the most relatable person that’s not corny.” We’re here for it.
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