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Will Cherry is a 23-year-old artist and producer hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. His eclectic influences range from Marvin Gaye to Travis Scott and everything in between, and while his music is rooted in hip-hop, he often dips into the sounds he was primarily raised on: Gospel and R&B. Priding himself on being one of the few rappers that frequently incorporates harmony, vocal runs and live instrumentation with modern aesthetics and approaches, Jodeci is as present in Will Cherry's sound as Kanye West is, causing his music to be easily identifiable and unique.
On his debut album Burgundy , Will centers the music on the topic of grief and loss, with death and breakups being the driving inspiration. With burgundy being a metaphor for dried blood and an intangible source of inspiration all at once, the music isn't pigeonholed to only moody sounds, but instead shows the range of his talent, attention to detail and craftsmanship as an artist, writer, producer and engineer. With help from Yung Baby Tate, Lorine Chia, Freshie and more, Will builds a sonically enthralling world with this album. Since it’s release, Burgundy has been covered on Pitchfork, Fashionably Early and numerous other platforms.
With a wide ranging sound of harsh drums and light samples and melodies, Will plays with juxtaposition while rapping and singing about relationships, his childhood and grief. His music is as unpredictable as it is infectious, causing the need for his tag, "I need a cherry on top".
starliteFM™ - interview: will cherry (YouTube / Soundcloud)
Blank Slate Elyria - Black Art Matters | Will Cherry (Episode 3) (Youtube / Text)