After releasing two full-lengths and a handful of singles and EPs, Duval hip-hop artist Blk Jay has both codified and honed his innate style of mellow production and rolling lyrical flow. The mega-chill artist’s visuals for his latest “Ephemeral Thoughts” took top honors for Best Music Video in our #1 in the 904 poll.

The debut single from his forthcoming album of the same name, “Ephemeral Thoughts” emphasizes that for Jay, a message of urgency isn’t lost in the unhurried delivery. Over the course of the song and accompanying video (directed by Jay), he addresses the past six months of racial injustices, Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and the bizarreness of what is occurring in America; made a little less bizarre through Bik Jay’s rhymes and worldview.

Click play above to see why reader’s voted “Ephemeral Thoughts” #1 in the 904.

This feature originally appeared in the Void Recommends: Local Music Spotlights of Void Magazine’s September 2020 issue.