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Brilliant Nigga

by Channel Tres

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In less than a year, the Compton-born artist Channel Tres has found fans in everyone from Elton John to Anderson Paak to Disclosure. His debut single "Controller" reimagined classic Detroit house with the surly attitude of West Coast rap, and introduced the world to Channel's effortlessly deep baritone. Pitchfork, NPR, Gorilla vs. Bear, BBC Radio 1, Spotify, Apple, Beats1, and KCRW were early champions, along with Australia's esteemed Triple J, who put "Controller" in A-list radio rotation.

Fitting for a genre-bender like Channel, this spring Tres is supporting both electro-pop superstar Robyn and the rapper Vince Staples on their tours throughout North America –including dates at Madison Square Garden and Hollywood Palladium. He's celebrating the tours with a new track called "Brilliant Nigga" (link here). It's an ode to a new kind of black exceptionalism, with shades of deep house, West Coast rap, 60s Blue Note, and dub mixing techniques. "Brilliant Nigga" is out March 8 on Godmode, the LA-based tastemakers who also brought the world Yaeji and Shamir.

lyrics

BRILLIANT NIGGA ON MY WAY
YOU CAUGHT UP INA OLD PHASE

GOT YA IN A TRANCE
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE
YA YA
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

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I’M A BRILLIANT N*GGA
GOT YA SHORTY ON MY WAVE

I’M A BRILLIANT N*GGA
GET YA FOCAL POINT STRAIGHT

YAH

FUCK WITH ME YA TOAST YA KNOW
NIGGAS TRIP AND I GET CYNICAL

THE DRUGS IS IN THE GROOVE YOU KNOW
I’M THE SHIT THAT GOT YOU COMATOSE

FUCK WITH ME YA TOAST YA KNOW
NIGGAS TRIP AND I GET CYNICAL

THE DRUGS IS IN THE GROOVE YOU KNOW
I’M THE SHIT THAT GOT YOU COMATOSE

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BRILLIANT NINJA ON MY WAY
YA CAUGHT UP INA OLD PHASE

GOT YA IN A TRANCE
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE
YA YA
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

BRILLIANT NIGGA
GOING FAR AWAY
GOING FAR AWAY

BRILLIANT NIGGA
GOING FAR AWAY

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THEY TRIED TO PUT SHACKLES ON YOU
GIRL JUST BE YOURSELF

MIGHT AS WELL PAY YA FOR IT
CAUSE THEY KNOW THEY NEED YA HELP

GET UP WITH ME ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
KNOW YA SEE US IN THE MAGAZINE
BRILLIANT NIGGA LAY YA EYEZ ON ME
SMOKE COME UP LIKE A PROPHECY

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BRILLIANT NIGGA ON MY WAY
YA CAUGHT UP INA OLD PHASE

[FULL MOON
BLUE FACE]

GOT YA IN A TRANCE
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE
YA YA
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

BRILLIANT NIGGA
GOING FAR AWAY
GOING FAR AWAY

BRILLIANT NIGGA
GOING FAR AWAY
GOING FAR AWAY

//

NEWPORT
LET ME GET A DRAG OF YOUR NEWPORT

BRILLIANT NIGGA
PULL THAT TRIGGER
POPPIN TAGS
GET MY BAG

BRILLIANT NINJA ON MY WAY
YA CAUGHT UP INA OLD PHASE

GOT YA IN A TRANCE
YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE
YA YA YA MIGHTA MISSED YA CHANCE

BRILLIANT NIGGA
GOING FAR AWAY
GOING FAR AWAY

BRILLIANT NIGGA
GOING FAR AWAY
GOING FAR AWAY

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released March 8, 2019
Sheldon Young
Nick Sylvester

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Channel Tres Los Angeles, California

Channel Tres grew up in the Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles. His voice is effortlessly deep, as if Barry White didn't realize he was Barry White. 'Controller' is Channel's debut single, out 4/17 on Godmode (Yaeji, Shamir). It's classic Detroit House, reimagined with the surly attitude of West Coast rap. ... more

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