Sometimes you've got to put it all in – the good, the bad, the in-between. Lay it all on the table and see what you can make out of it. That's Alby Sound's formula at least. The Rodeo, CA rapper and producer doesn't shy away from bringing his full self to the mic, and he isn't afraid to transpose it in his beats. His Kanye-esque sound is a blend of the characteristics that make him human. And showing that humanness is why he's been rising through the ranks of the indie hip hop scene.

“My music is hybrid of who I am as a person – my insecurities, habits and intuition,” he explains. Raised in the East Bay, Alby Sound began making beats and freestylin' in high school after several of his brother's friends started making their own beats. “I had an old school Yahama keyboard. I used to play the drum loops on it to freestyle, and then I had cassettes and Dr. Dre instrumental CDs.” It's what got him going and rapping under the name Oktayne.

But as time went by the name Oktayne began to feel stale – so Alby Sound officially took over. A cross between Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper, Alby crafts his tracks to take the listener on a journey of the human condition. 

He says, “I'm not a rapper. My goal isn't to be the best rapper, but to be the best painter. My lyrics is like a conversation with the listener. I want people to realize that they are listening to Alby Sound who is a man comfortable in his skin.”