SPENCE LEE: “SPEND MY DAYS”
88rising and Ear Drummers artist, Spence Lee releases his next single, “Spend My Days,” today, off his forthcoming album. The song’s captivating romance and undeniable R&B influence intertwine to create a smooth and easy listening experience.
“Spend my days is a soulful song about wanting to be with the person I love, through all the good and bad days.” Spence explains.
The music video, directed by Medet, known for collaborations with artists like Kali Uchis, Lil TJay, and Rae Sremmurd, showcases Spence time-traveling through various eras and regions, including the western cowboy era, the 80s, the 40s, and the modern era. “I had this idea of showing true love transcending time and space, where a couple is shown in different realities and timelines but they always end up together and staying fly. Medet was able to take this ambitious idea and mesh it together seamlessly, despite all the contrasting looks and locations,” says Spence. In a nod to Spence’s design and fashion background, Spence partnered with Microsoft’s Bing Image Creator on the custom bandana design seen in the video.
“I took a liking to Spence because he stands for what he believes in, and that’s an important trait for an artist in my opinion besides being talented enough to make a song. I have been his corner coach for a few years now helping develop him as an artist organically, letting him grow into being the natural born leader he is.” Mike Will Made It recalls on his first impressions of Spence.
Spence recently performed at the inaugural Head In The Clouds (HITC) New York City in May and HITC Los Angeles in August. As a recent signee with 88rising and Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records, Spence is looking towards bright horizons. Spence passionately explores a multitude of artistic mediums, from fashion to music, worldwide. He graced the stage at the inaugural Head in the Clouds events in Jakarta and Manila in December 2022 and has a forthcoming album slated for early 2024.
There’s a preternatural cool to Spence Lee, the kind that makes him seem instantly at home on a stage, on a runway, or in front of the camera. The rising New Jersey rapper and songwriter has been honing his skills since adolescence. Originally rapping as Shotta Spence, the 27-year-old has embraced his birth name as a further nod to his Chinese and Vietnamese heritage and the platform he has as part of a growing but still relatively small Asian foothold in hip-hop. Championed by both EarDrummers and 88rising, two influential labels with vastly different presences in popular music, Lee is coming out of the gate as a consensus builder and putting his best foot forward on his anticipated upcoming album. Growing up in Somerset, New Jersey, he was exposed to a diverse array of music from an early age. A multi-hyphenate creative, Lee came into the Eardrummers’ orbit when he was a teenager, styling Rae Sremmurd for their “Up Like Trump” music video in 2014. Lee impressed the multi-Platinum duo and their mentor. Lee says that making “Arriba” in 2020—which has more than 6 million plays on Spotify—was the moment he figured out his artistic identity. Now, through his relationship with 88rising, Lee has built a deeper connection with his Asian roots, playing festivals in Indonesia and the Philippines and spending time in Vietnam. “I just want to serve the culture and do stuff that’s meaningful, do shit that’s going to stir the pot up a little bit,” he says.