Mez and Isaiah Rashad Collab On “Hot Spot”

Mez and Isaiah Rashad Collab On “Hot Spot”

Mez’s elite pen game and strong sense of visual creativity has endeared him to some of the biggest names in rap history. Teeing up his latest high-profile connection, Mez shares Hot Spot,” his new song with Isaiah Rashad. Produced by Monte Booker, Phoelix & Cam O’bi, “Hot Spot” is a Southern-fried slow jam, populated with sensually spindly guitars and a soulful choir bringing the emotion home. Mez works a sing-song flow, sliding between the snares with double-time pledges of devotion: “I’m the plug and you’re the outlet, and I really love your outfit/But that sh*t would look much better on the floor,” croons Mez. Isaiah Rashad takes a different perspective, reflecting on all the connections he might have missed while living life on the road. Together, the two rappers create a cerebral and yearning anthem for those who haven’t yet given up on modern romance. “Hot Spot” is Mez’s second high-quality song of 2024, following the vibrant Call On” ft. Kurtis Wells and its inventive music video.

Mez’s upcoming EP is the culmination of his long journey through the music industry. Emerging out of Raleigh in the early 2010s, Mez was a leading light in a fertile NC rap scene that birthed underground and mainstream stars. Mez’s sharp lyrics and assured artistic vision helped convince some of music’s biggest stars to trust him with their creative visions. Then known as “King Mez,” the rapper was one of the driving forces behind Compton, Dr. Dre’s long-awaited third album, appearing on nine tracks and writing on several others–his efforts drew praise from the likes of PitchforkNPRVulture, and many others. Mez has been a regular affiliate of his friend and fellow North Carolinian J. Cole, and has contributed several verses to Dreamville compilations, including Revenge Of The Dreamers III and last year’s Creed III: The Soundtrack. Mez is also a renowned video director, stepping behind the camera for clips like J. Cole’s “Middle Child” and “a m a r i,” Dreamville’s “Sleep Deprived” (on which he also raps), plus videos for Ari Lennox, Isaiah Rashad, and more.

Now, Mez steps back into the forefront, armed with his own message and more than enough talent to make it known. Stay tuned for much more from the multi-talented artist in the near future, including the Mez’s self-directed video for “Hot Spot,” coming next week. 

Mez (R) and Isaiah Rashad (Photo Credit: Niccolo Valentine)

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