I grew up listening to: “50 Cent and Dipset. I’ve been bumping [Lil] Durk since 2012, and I’ve seen how much he’s progressed as an artist—I’m really a fan of his music. I really think he’d bring the best out of me if we ever was to work.”

My style's been compared to: “Meek Mill and Big L. Before Meek went to jail he had just followed me—he was probably doing his research.”

My goal in hip-hop is: “I want to bring bars back; bring real New York [music] back, but in a young way. I wanna bring the culture back.”

I'm going to be the next: “Jay-Z.”

The above quote is from rising Harlem rapper Neek Bucks' 2018 The Break interview with XXL, which came out a couple months after Neek released his breakthrough mixtape El Barrio (which, among other things, features likeminded Harlem rapper Dave East). This past summer, he followed that mixtape with the EP-length sequel El Barrio 2, which finds Neek embracing warm, jazzy production and making good on his promise to keep classic New York style bars alive, but which isn't afraid to dip its toes into some auto-tuned, sing-songy radio rap either. It's cool stuff, and he'll celebrate it at the iconic SOB's on November 27. Special guests are promised. Tickets are on sale.

Also, since that XXL interview, he did end up working with Lil Durk: