• Jason Leal

Kevin Kartier "Comes Alive" on his debut album, 'Vibes & Vices'

Updated: Jun 9

Kevin Kartier and manager Tevaar Smith have been tapped in ever since they met in their hometown, as they are currently making a name for themselves with Kartier's latest release, Vibes & Vices, streaming everywhere now!

Kevin Kartier, is a native of Mississippi, more specifically Biloxi, Mississippi, and that's where he met his long-time associate and business partner Tevaar Smith. Smith and Kartier most recently put out a Kevin Kartier's première album, more than ten years in the making, Vibes & Vices, starring features from Smoke DZA and Josh Waters, is a nostalgic underground rap with a "mixture of Southern sounds and culture, mixed with some west coast vibes and east coast lyricism to create an upbeat, chill sound."

"Vibes & Vices is my debut album and has been over 10 years in the making," Kevin Kartier said in a recent interview with Remixd Magazine. "I’ve gone through a lot of personal adversities in my life the past 5 years and this album has been a testament to that point in my life and my perseverance through the adversity. It really is some of the best and most personal songwriting to date."

Kartier's debut album is a vibe as it encompasses his aptitude as a rapper and his lyrical prowess, as he bodies each track, bar after bar. Tevaar Smith, who serves as Label Manager at Sony's The Orchard, and Kevin have been cooking up some heat with Kartier's, Vibes & Vices, release, as well as a plethora of releases, especially his record, Mississippi Mudd EP, released in 2021, showcasing his versatility and how well he works with others, as his collaborations are absolutely a vibe.

Kevin's latest project, Vibes & Vices, is an eight-track album, opening with "Locked In," the perfect introduction to his album, as it sets a precedent for what is to come; lyrical malice.

Kevin goes hard in his first track on his record and only impresses as you listen through, with hit songs like "Come Alive," "Kick Back & Chill," featuring Smoke DZA, and "No Excuses," which illustrate his tenacity, aptitude, and versatility in music.

As far as his goals in music for the future, Kevin has big dreams.

"I’d love to be successful enough to start my own label with my manger, Tevaar, so we can

help development and grow the next generation of talented artists," he said.

Be sure to tap in with Kevin Kartier and Tevaar Smith Via social media @KevinKartier on all socials and @TevaarTvL on Twitter, as Kevin is expecting to release some visuals from his latest project Vibes & Vices.

Check out Kevin Kartier's most recent album, Vibes & Vices, below!